The Ashes series began in the 1882/83 season in Australia. Since then, there have been many great batting performances by teams to chase down a target in the fourth innings. Run-chases in Test cricket can be tricky as the pitch has enough wear and tear to make the ball spin. The batsmen from England and Australia have not been the best to score against spin. However, some of the run-chases have shown extreme batsman ship and records have been broken.
Here is a list of the Top 10 successful run-chases in Ashes history:
Ashes Highest Totals Chased :
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In the 1948 series in England, Australia once chased down a target of 404. Australian opener Arthur Morris (182) and Sir Don Bradman (173*) struck daddy hundreds at Headingley to get to the total in just 114.1 overs at a run-rate of 3.53. This remains the highest total chased in an Ashes Test.
The highest successful run-chase in an Ashes Test before that was accomplished by the English side of 1928/29. They had chased down 332 in the biggest stadium in the world, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The English batsmen dropped anchor to chase down the total and were well placed at 318/3 and then lost four wickets in the space of 14 runs to avoid a defeat. Herbert Sutcliffe scored 135 to power England to a win.
There were only two other successful run-chases in the Ashes with the score above 300. Both England and Australia chased down 315 in the 2001 and 1991/92 series respectively.