RTE 1,500 people gathered in the Royal Albert Hall in London to watch England’s first Test in the Champions Trophy final.
It was a historic moment for the cricket world and for the city of Manchester.
England had won the series for the first time since the mid-1960s, but it had not yet reached the Ashes.
A century of misery was about to begin for the country.
The England batsmen had scored an incredible 116 runs, while Australia’s attack was running at a breakneck pace.
The only thing stopping England was their own luck.
The first Test at the ground was delayed by two hours as the ground staff removed the asbestos roof in the ground.
It meant that the final Test at Lord’s was played in a damp ground.
England were leading 4-0 at the time, but England’s batsmen could not cope with the pressure.
They did not take their wickets well and were caught short on their first four overs.
England then missed an opportunity to add a second wicket when Australia’s wicketkeeper, John Inverarity, hit a diving catch to secure a first-innings win.
England would go on to win the series.