The nine greatest moments in Ashes history

Posted by , 08 July 2009

The Australians trash the St Pancras Hotel

The Australians trash the St Pancras Hotel

  • #07

    Donald Bradman gets a duck in his final innings

  • Introduction
  • #05

    David Gower hires a Tiger Moth

When? Many moons ago, in the 1930s. Before The Beatles, the internet, Pop Tarts, Nike Air Max, Lucozade and Hitler. Ancient history, basically.

Where? The St Pancras Hotel in London, which is now a marvellously grand and modern transport hub. It hasn’t been used as a hotel since World War II, but was famous for temporarily housing people like Oscar Wilde and the Australian cricket team.

What happened? On arrival at the hotel, an Australian cricket team complete with the soon-to-be-amazing Donald Bradman were ready to try and win back the Ashes they lost to England in the winter of 1928-29. Perhaps England were terrified of an Australian troop including Bradman, or perhaps they were being lazy, but the story goes that the Aussies had nowhere to practice so used the corridors of the hotel. They trashed the place, and Bradman ended up scoring 974 runs in the series at an average of 139.14. We were dicked on.

See also: Smashing watermelons.


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