Ashes 2010: Batsmen Who’ve Got out in the Nervous Nineties

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above: Steve Waugh has been out 4 times in the nervous nineties

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In our Ashes 100-1 feature today, we focus on those batsmen who have fallen most times during the nervous nineties in Ashes encounters.

Up until the beginning of the current Oval test, 87 batsmen (see full list here) have fallen one or more times in the dreaded nineties with the great Australian batsmen Clem Hill topping the list with five scores between 90 and 99. Hill even managed to fall for 98 and 97 in the same match at Adelaide in 1902 having also hit 99 at Melbourne in the same series. Thankfully for Hill he did manage four centuries against England during his test career and as the Adelaide test was won, no doubt that stemmed his disappointment.

Steve Waugh has four scores in the nineties to add to his ten hundreds in Ashes contests, including two not outs when he ran out of partners at Perth in 1995 (when his brother acting as a runner for Craig McDermott ran himself out) to finish on 99 not out and Melbourne in the same series.

The only other cricketer other than Hill to have hit two nineties in the same Ashes match was Frank Woolley, who made 95 and 93 at Lord’s in 1921.

The list of batsmen who have made two or more scores of 90 in the Ashes is below:

Player 90’s NO Scores
C Hill (Aus) 5 0 96 (Sydney 1897), 99 (Melbourne 1902), 98 & 97 (Adelaide 1902), 98 (Adelaide 1912)
SR Waugh (Aus) 4 2 99* (Perth 1995), 96 (Sydney 1999), 94* (Melbourne 1994), 92 (Manchester 1989)
DC Boon (Aus) 4 1 94 (Lord’s 1989), 94* (Melbourne 1990), 97 (Sydney 1991), 93 (Manchester 1993)
PBH May (Eng) 3 0 91 (Melbourne 1954), 92 (Sydney 1959), 95 (Manchester 1961)
ER Dexter (Eng) 2 0 99 (Brisbane 1962), 93 (Melbourne 1962)
WM Lawry (Aus) 2 0 98 (Brisbane 1962), 94 (The Oval 1964)
FE Woolley (Eng) 2 0 95, 93 (Lord’s 1921)
AW Greig (Eng) 2 0 96 (Lord’s 1975), 91 (Lord’s 1977)
EH Hendren (Eng) 2 0 92 (Adelaide 1925), 95 (Melbourne 1929)
GHS Trott (Aus) 2 0 92 (The Oval, 1893), 95 (Melbourne 1894)
TJE Andrews (Aus) 2 0 94 (The Oval 1921), 92 (Leeds 1921)
MC Cowdrey (Eng) 2 1 93 (Leeds, 1961), 93* (The Oval 1964)
AC Bannerman (Aus) 2 0 94 (Sydney 1883), 91 (Sydney 1892)
MJ Clarke (Aus) 2 0 91 (Lord’s 2005), 93 (Leeds 2009)
RW Marsh (Aus) 2 1 92* (Melbourne 1971), 91 (Manchester 1972)
TW Hayward (Eng) 2 0 90 (Adelaide 1902), 91 (Sydney 1903)

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