For the Headingley Test of 2019 Australia are eagerly awaited as the guests and it will be the first time they have played such a game against England in Yorkshire for 10 years. It will be the 25th Ashes Test in Leeds and Paul Dyson looks back at some of the previous encounters.
Headingley’s very first Test match was in 1899 and was against Australia. Unfortunately the game fell victim to the weather, the second day (of three) being blank. The second game, six years later, was also drawn but the game concluded with Australia on 224 for seven chasing 402 to win. England’s skipper, Yorkshire’s FS Jackson, had earlier scored 144 not out. Four years later saw the first positive result when Australia won by 126 runs, Charlie Macartney taking 11 wickets.