David Steele looks back at England's six best games from the 1970's - a trip down memory lane to some of the greatest matches ever played:
1971 v Australia, 4th Test, Sydney, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14 January.
An incredible performance by Ray Illingworth's men which ended with England's largest victory over Australia since 1936/37. 96 runs ahead after the first innings, England put Australia to the sword in the second with Boycott's 142 not out and 50's for D'Oliveira and Illingworth helping England to 319 for 5 declared, setting Australia 416 to win. Jon Snow then ripped into the Australians with figures of 7 for 40 reducing them to 116 all out, giving England a comprehensive victory by 299 runs.
1972 v Australia, 4th Test, Headingley, 27, 28, 29 July.
A dynamic performance by England that saw the Australians defeated with two days of the Test match remaining. The Australian batsmen were skittled out for 146 in the first innings and 136 in the second, 'deadly' Derek Underwood doing the damage with figures of 10 for 82. England were left with a mere 20 runs to win after reaching 263 in their first innings, and swiftly wrapped up victory by 9 wickets.
1974 v India, 2nd Test, Lords, 20, 21, 22, 24 June.
Mike Denness won the toss and elected to bat, a decision that was fully justified by a massive total of 629 runs with himself, Dennis Amiss and Tony Grieg all making centuries. India, forced to follow-on having made 302 in the first innings, were then dismissed for an amazing 42 runs, giving England victory by an innings and 285 runs.
1975 v Australia, 2nd Test Lords, 31 July, 1, 2, 4, 5 August.
Having been annihilated in the first Test the omens were not good for England, but a new look team, including test debutante David Steele, had other ideas. Winning the toss Tony Grieg elected to bat and England made 315 with a debut 50 fro Steele, 96 for Grieg and 69 for Alan Knott. Australia made 268 then England piled on the runs, led by John Edrich's 175, to declare their second innings at 436 for 7, a lead of 483. Australia were left to hold on to a hard fought draw.
1975 v Australia, 3rd Test, Headingley, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19 August.
An incredible game for many reasons. David Steele top scored in both England innings scoring 73 of England's 288 first innings total and 93 of their 291 second innings. In between debutante Phil Edmonds took 5 for 20 to reduce Australia to 135 all out. Australia started their second innings needing 445 runs and the game was interestingly poised at 220 for 3 coming into the final day before vandals, campaigning for the release from prison of a convicted criminal, sabotaged the Rugby Ground end of the pitch with knives and oil forcing the match to be abandoned.
1977 v Australia, 3rd Test, Trent Bridge, 28, 29, 30 July, 1, 2 August.
An excellent England performance with Geoffrey Boycott spearheading both innings having come back into the team after a 30 match exile, with 107 in the first (his 99th century) and 80 not out in the second. It was also notable for the debut of one IT Botham who celebrated his call-up by taking 5 of the Australian first innings wickets, a feat matched in the second by Bob Willis. England ultimately took the game by 7 wickets and powered to a 2-0 series lead.
Footage courtesy of BBC, Channel 9 and ECB.