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FROM THE ASHES

Fresh from the critically acclaimed 'One Night in Turin', filmmakers New Black Films turned their attention to cricket - or more specifically, the famous Ashes tour of 1981. 

It was a tour that eventually became knows as 'Botham's Ashes', but few could have predicted the historic events that were about to unfold after the opening two tests - not least Botham himself. 

The English team were being torn apart by the visitors, 1-0 down after two tests and crumbling in front of an increasingly impatient home crowd. Botham, England's young hotshot and team captain, was being lambasted by the media, fans and his own team, and was unceremoniously stripped of the job midway through the series after scoring a paltry two runs in the second test. 

But with the pressure of the captaincy removed, Botham emerged a transformed player with bat and ball. In the third test he took 6 wickets for 95 runs and knocked 50 runs past the stunned Aussies. He then returned for a second innings with a further 149 not out, slaying his opponents and critics with one visit to the crease.

 But he wasn't finished there. Botham went on the rampage, adding 118 runs from just 102 balls in the fourth test, and ten wickets with the ball in his hand. 

It was one of the most remarkable turnarounds in English sporting history and From The Ashes tells the incredible story from start to finish. 

 

 

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