Is England's win over India their greatest away Test triumph ever?

Graham Gooch’s young side stunning the West Indies, Graham Thorpe’s heroics in the dark in Pakistan and a famous victory over Australia in The Ashes… England’s thrashing of India joins the list of their greatest away wins – but is it the best EVER?

  • England sealed a stunning 227-run victory over India in the first Test on Tuesday
  • Jimmy Anderson inspired England to win with astonishing reverse swing spell
  • Joe Root’s England side arrived in India with their hopes largely written off 
  • Sportsmail takes a look at how the win ranks compared to other great triumphs 

England stunned India by winning the first Test by 227 runs, a victory that will go down in the history books after their chances were largely written off when they arrived in Chennai.

After skipper Joe Root did the damage for England in the first innings with a superb double century on his 100th Test, it was Jimmy Anderson and Jack Leach’s turn to work their magic with the ball as they tore through India’s batting line-up to seal victory on Tuesday.

After the famous triumph in Chennai, Sportsmail takes a look through England’s five greatest away Test victories…

England sealed a famous 227-run victory over England on Tuesday against India in Chennai

James Anderson produced an astonishing spell of reverse swing on Tuesday to seal the victory

1) Chennai, 2020-21: beat India by 227 runs

England arrived in India widely regarded as no-hopers. The hosts had lost one of their last 35 Tests at home, and only once at Chennai since 1984-85. 

But Joe Root scored a masterful double-hundred, spinners Jack Leach and Dom Bess shared 11 wickets, and the tireless Jimmy Anderson produced one of the great overs to bowl Shubman Gill and Ajinkya Rahane. For England, it was just about the perfect Test.

Joe Root’s side stunned India after their chances were largely written off on arrival in Chennai

2) Kingston, 1989-90: beat West Indies by nine wickets

England’s previous three series against West Indies had all ended in humiliating defeat: 5-0, 5-0 and 4-0. Reasoning that the old hands had been scarred, Graham Gooch opted to take a youthful side to the Caribbean. 

No one gave them a prayer, especially as the first Test was in Jamaica, where West Indies hadn’t lost since 1955. But Angus Fraser took five for 28, Allan Lamb scored 132 and Devon Malcolm dismissed Viv Richards twice. Everyone was stunned – including England.

Allan Lamb is soaked in champagne after scoring 132 during the win vs West Indies in Kingston

3) Sydney, 1894-95: beat Australia by 10 runs

We all remember Headingley 1981, but England had beaten Australia after following on once before, way back in the 19th century. Set 177 for victory, Australia reached stumps going into the last day on 113 for two. 

Resigned to defeat, England spinner Bobby Peel hit the bottle. But that night it rained, turning the SCG into a sticky dog. England captain Andrew Stoddart stuck the hungover Peel under a shower next morning, and Australia collapsed from 130 for two to 166 all out, with Peel taking six for 67.

4) Karachi, 2000-01: beat Pakistan by six wickets

The hosts had never lost at the National Stadium in Karachi – until England did them in the dark to secure only their second series win in Pakistan. 

Their captain Moin Khan did his best to waste time as Nasser Hussain’s team chased 176 on the last afternoon, but umpire Steve Bucknor made it clear the game would be played to a finish. When Graham Thorpe under-edged the winning runs, it was almost pitch black.

Graham Thorpe and Nasser Hussain celebrate in the almost pitch black conditions after beating Pakistan in Karachi

5) Sydney, 1954-55: beat Australia by 38 runs

After England lost the first Test at the Gabba by an innings and 154, captain Len Hutton – who had stuck Australia in – admitted wanting to throw himself into the Brisbane River. Australia then looked poised to go 2-0 up at Sydney, needing just 223 for victory. 

But Frank Tyson, who had been fired up by a crack on the forehead from Ray Lindwall, blew them away for 184 – setting up one of England’s most famous Ashes series wins.

Frank Tyson, who was fired up from a crack on the forehead, blew Australia away for 184 to seal a 38-run victory in Sydney

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