This Day In Sport – December 18

They say we should use this time to learn something new – so we thought we’d offer up a history lesson free of charge!

We’re going to be recapping all the important sporting moments each and every day on the Ladbrokes Blog.

So if it’s AFL, NRL, Basketball, Cricket, Golf or even Wrestling, be sure to return each morning as we take a trip back through the history books to relive some of the great and important sporting moments in This Day In Sport!

2017 – Australia Regains Ashes

In what would be the final Test between Australia and England at the WACA, the Aussies beat England by an innings taking out the series 3-0.

Steve Smith made his second double century and Mitch Marsh who was a controversial selection at the time broke made a breakthrough 181.

The Aussies piled up 662, with England beginning the final day trailing by 127 runs and six wickets in hand.

There were brief hopes of a draw when the start of the day was rain-delayed and that water had got into the pitch overnight.

Once play got started in the afternoon, England would only last 34 overs with Josh Hazlewood taking 5/48 and eight wickets for the entire match.

Australia would win by an innings and 41 runs with Steve Smith named man of the match.

1927 – Ponsford Breaks Own Record

Bill Ponsford would break his own world record of 429, which was set back in 1922, where he would hit 437 for Victoria against Queensland in a Sheffield Shield game in Melbourne.

Ponsford’s innings lasted 621 minutes and included a whopping 42 boundaries – it would leave his Shield average at 100.6 from 31 innings.

Victoria’s Will Pucovski recently surpassed Ponsford’s back-to-back century record for the state back in a Sheild match in November.

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