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Posted: Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:26 pm
February 4 down the years
Archie Jackson was considered by some to be as good as Bradman
A debut ton for 19-year-old Archie Jackson in Adelaide. His 164, made in five hours and 20 minutes, gave Australia a slender first-innings lead, but England eventually won a cracking match by only 12 runs. Jackson was hailed as being almost as good a batsman as Don Bradman, but within four years he died from tuberculosis.
Records galore in Wellington. With New Zealand 148 for 2 in the second innings, still 175 behind Sri Lanka, Martin Crowe and Andrew Jones saved the match and more with an amazing partnership of 467. It was the highest for the third wicket in first-class cricket at the time, as well as the highest for any wicket in Tests. After such a meaty stand it was fitting that Arjuna Ranatunga was the man to dismiss them both - Crowe agonisingly for 299, the highest score by a New Zealander in Tests till Brendon McCullum made a triple-hundred in 2014.
Virgin territory for Richard Hadlee, who became the first man to take 400 Test wickets when he bowled Sanjay Manjrekar in the first Test, in Christchurch, on this day. Hadlee took seven wickets and Danny Morrison six, while John Wright made a nine-hour 185 to help New Zealand to a comfortable ten-wicket victory.
Zimbabwe completed their maiden Test victory in their 11th Test, a little over two years after their first match, beating Pakistan in Harare by an innings and 64 runs. Grant Flower scored an unbeaten 201, while his brother Andy and Guy Whittall contributed hundreds towards Zimbabwe's first-innings score of 544 for 4 declared. Heath Streak took 6 for 90 to help dismiss Pakistan for 322 in the first innings, and added three more to his kitty as they fell for 158 in the follow-on.
India racked up their highest Test total at the time, 644 for 7 declared, against West Indies in Kanpur. Faoud Bacchus went on to make a career-best 250, after Gundappa Viswanath (179), Anshuman Gaekwad (101) and Mohinder Amarnath (101 not out) had all made hundreds. Bacchus' eight-and-a-half-hour innings took West Indies to 452 for 8. Rain had ruled out play for nearly two days, and adding a sixth day was of no use. India won the six-Test series 1-0.
Test double-hundreds against the 1980s West Indies didn't grow on trees. In fact, there were only two, and Dean Jones made one of them on this day in Adelaide. His blistering 216 was the highlight of a drawn game that gave West Indies the series 3-1. This is really where it all turned around for Australia: having lost the first three Tests, they won the fourth improbably and scrapped for a draw here.
Birth of the Pakistan batsman Wallis Mathias, who played 21 Tests between 1955 and 1962, and was the first Christian to play Test cricket for the country. At his best a fluent strokeplayer, Mathias never really got going at the highest level and averaged only 23.72. The closest he got to a Test hundred was successive scores in the 70s in the West Indies in 1957-58. He died in his native Karachi in 1994.
A special one-dayer for England at the MCG to commemorate 200 years of white settlement in Australia. Geoff Marsh - the only man to exceed 37 - decided the match with a patient 87. This was also the one-day debut of Neal Radford and Paul Jarvis, although their combined figures of 20-0-103-0 and zero runs meant it was not one to tell the grandchildren about.
Allrounder Mahmudullah, born on this day, starred in Bangladesh's first overseas win - taking eight wickets against West Indies (albeit a strike-affected B side) in Kingstown. He was named vice-captain in 2011 and played a key role in the middle order, including during the ODI series win over West Indies a year later. But it was towards the end of 2014 that Mahmudullah really made an impact, averaging 77.71 with the bat in ODIs in five months, culminating in a successful World Cup, where his two centuries - a match-winning one against England, and a nearly victorious one against New Zealand - took Bangladesh to the knockouts of the tournament for the first time. He also made four fifities in four successive Tests around then.
1884 Rolland Beaumont (South Africa)
1893 Abe Waddington (England)
1895 Izak Buys (South Africa)
1942 Mehmood Quaraishy (East Africa)
1948 Rakesh Shukla (India)
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February 5 down the years
A verdict on spot-fixing
Butt, Asif and Amir get banned
Salman Butt got a ten-year sentence but it was suspended for five years
The ICC banned Pakistan's Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif after a tribunal found them guilty of spot-fixing during the Lord's Test in 2010. The sanctions against Butt (ten years) and Asif (seven) had five and two years suspended; Amir received a five-year sentence. All three appealed the bans. In November 2011 a London court handed jail terms to the three: Butt was sentenced to two years and six months, Asif one year, and Amir six months. The player agent Mazhar Majeed, who was caught on tape discussing the no-balls to be bowled in the Test, was sentenced to two years and eight months. In early 2012, Amir was released after spending three months in the Portland Young Offenders Institution. In January 2015, he signed to play grade two cricket for a Karachi-based team after the ICC permitted him to play domestic cricket under the auspices of the PCB, eight months before the scheduled end of his ban. A year later he was playing for Pakistan once again, while Butt and Asif returned to domestic cricket.
A cricketing Patsy is born. Middlesex's Patsy Hendren is the only (male) international cricketer with such a first name (although it wasn't his real name - Patsy was an alias for Elias), but there was nothing soft about him: he averaged 47 from 51 Tests, and in all, cracked 170 first-class centuries. A master against spin in particular, his top score in Tests was a match-winning, unbeaten 205 against West Indies in Trinidad in 1929-30, made on his 41st birthday. Hendren also played football for a number of clubs, including Manchester City. A favourite with spectators both in England and Australia, Hendren scored 57,611 runs in a 31-year career - only Jack Hobbs (61,237) and Frank Woolley (58,969) have scored more.
Perhaps England's most ignominious defeat after the one in which they were blown away for 46 by Curtly Ambrose. They were bowled out for 82 and 93 by New Zealand - Richard Hadlee being the destroyer. New Zealand got 307 in 72 overs on a substandard pitch; Hadlee was sensational: he walloped 18 boundaries in an 81-ball 99 (the only fifty of the match) then tucked rapaciously into England with 3 for 16 and 5 for 28. In all, the match lasted just 11 hours, 41 minutes. Tony Pigott, who postponed his wedding to play what was his only Test, must have wished he hadn't bothered.
An outstanding talent, Darren Lehmann, who was born today, always struggled to command a regular place in a strong Australian side. He scored three centuries in the space of five Tests in 2003 (though two of them came against Bangladesh) before being laid low by injury. He was more of a fixture in the one-day team and had the honour of hitting the winning runs in the World Cup final at Lord's in 1999. He was a key member of the side that defended the title four years later, although his entry into the tournament was delayed by a suspension for a racist dressing-room outburst. He played his final ODI in 2005 and retired from domestic cricket at the end of the 2007-08 season. He then worked as a coach in the IPL before being appointed the Australia coach just a few weeks before the start of the 2013 Ashes. His first few years in charge were rather up-and-down in terms of the national team's results. Australia lost the urn 3-0 in 2013, won it back with a 5-0 whitewash at home six months later, and then lost it again in 2015. Lehmann oversaw a continuation of Australia's horrid run in Asia, including an unprecedented 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka, but he also oversaw the end of that run, with a crushing 333-run win over India in Pune, in 2017.
A 74 in his first innings and two hundreds in his first four Tests: the England opener Brian Luckhurst, who was born today, had a near-perfect start to his Test career. And in a successful Ashes campaign too. But he never really hit those heights again, and a working-over from Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson four years later was the last act of his Test career.
A first Test hundred for the great Barry Richards. He whacked 140 off only 164 deliveries against Australia, in Durban, one of two three-figure scores he made at this level. There might have been many, many more but for the political situation in South Africa, which restricted Richards to just four appearances.
Australia regained the Ashes with a ten-wicket win in Adelaide, having to score just 35 after England followed on with a first-innings deficit of 236. Opener Colin McDonald scored a career-best 170 after Peter May made the bold move to put Australia in. Richie Benaud took nine in the match with his legbreaks, while debutant right-arm fast bowler Gordon Rorke took five. Australia finished the series 4-0 with a nine-wicket win in Melbourne.
Marlon Samuels, born today, was talented enough at the start of his career to be compared to Viv Richards, before he had played first-class cricket. He scored his maiden hundred in Kolkata in 2002 but struggled with his discipline off the field. In 2007, Samuels was embroiled in a match-fixing controversy after the Nagpur police alleged he had passed on match-related information to an alleged bookie. In 2008, after his bowling action was deemed illegal, Samuels was found guilty of match-fixing and banned for two years. He returned in 2011, and in England in 2012, against a top-class bowling attack in difficult conditions, scored 386 runs in five innings. Later that year his gutsy 78 in the World T20 final helped West Indies to their first world title since the 1979 World Cup. He made a Test-best 260 in November that year in Bangladesh, but only two 100-plus scores in 20 Tests thereafter. In 2015 he was banned from bowling for a year when his action was found to be illegal once again. In 2016, history repeated itself when Samuels once again helped West Indies win the World T20 final.
It's a bit of a mystery that Ernest Tyldesley, who was born today, played only 14 Tests for England. He averaged exactly 55, with nine fifty-plus scores in 20 innings, but his stylish strokeplay was not to the selectors liking, despite Tyldesley later becoming the first Lancastrian to score 100 hundreds.
Birth of fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who, as a 19-year-old, dismissed Sachin Tendulkar for his first first-class duck in Indian domestic cricket. Shortly before his 23rd birthday, Bhuvneshwar made his India debut, in an ODI against Pakistan. His first six Tests - all wins - were at home, against Australia and West Indies, but he didn't make much of an impact, taking nine wickets at 37.88, despite bowling against weak batting line-ups. But he was much better on the tour of England in 2014, taking 19 wickets and making three half-centuries, outscoring some of the specialists.
Gordon White, born today, played 17 Tests for South Africa between 1906 and 1912, scored 872 runs at 30.06 and took nine wickets. He toured England twice in his career but played them better at home - scoring two centuries and two half-centuries in nine Tests. He played Australia in two Tests as well, in the Triangular Tournament in England in 1912. He died in Palestine during the First World War in 1918.
Tony Suji, younger brother of Martin, born on this day, had a longer international career than his stats would have you believe. In 60 ODIs he went past 50 only once. His hundred against Bermuda in the 2005 Intercontinental Cup semi-final was his first in competitive cricket, and only the second time he had passed 50 in 78 innings. He was a member of both the 1999 and 2003 World Cup squads.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Gary Wilson made his Ireland one-day debut after the 2007 World Cup, but was a regular member of the side by the time the next World Cup came along, featuring in the famous win over England and also over West Indies in 2015. Wilson made his maiden ODI century against Netherlands in 2010 and a half-century against West Indies in the 2011 World Cup.
The birth of Mitchell Santner, who broke into the New Zealand side shortly after the retirement of his role model, Daniel Vettori. A steady left-arm spinner and useful lower-order bat, Santner initially made his greatest impact as a T20I bowler. He collected ten wickets at 11.40 in the 2016 World T20 in India, including figures of 4 for 11 against the hosts in the tournament opener.
1876 Sailor Young (England)
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February 6 down the years
Fast and fiery Frederick
The best fast bowler England have produced
Fred Trueman: not only deadly but had more curses than Captain Haddock
Fiery Fred is born. In Frederick Sewards Trueman's day, he was the best fast bowler in the world, and he remains probably the best England have ever produced. A rhythmic, extremely quick bowler, and a coarse, confrontational character with more curses than Captain Haddock, he demolished India in his first series, and his debut, at Headingley, really was the Trueman Show: Fred took 3 for 0 in eight balls to reduce India to a staggering 0 for 4. Later in that series he took 8 for 31 in Manchester, and he eventually finished with 307 wickets, at the time a Test record. When he retired, Trueman joined the BBC's Test Match Special commentary team, where his grumpy musings on modern life and cricket - he once said Ian Botham "ouldn't bowl a hoop downhill" - were legendary.
The birth of one of England's best - and longest-lived - wicketkeepers. Tiger Smith was a Brummie through and through, and an outstanding keeper towards the end of cricket's Golden Age. He could bat too - he scored 20 first-class hundreds, including one before lunch at the age of 41. He went on to become an umpire, coached Warwickshire to the Championship in 1951, and in his twilight years was sought out by players for his blunt but penetrative advice.
The end of the line for two old English soldiers. Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting played their last Test innings on this day, in Perth. By the end Gooch cut a dishevelled figure at the crease - remember that caught-and-bowled off the first ball of the day in Melbourne? - and he was caught and bowled again here when he carted one back to Craig McDermott via the bowler's shoulder. And fittingly for a man who was bowled in exactly a quarter of his Test innings, Gatting lost his stumps to McDermott. Between them Gooch and Gatting played 197 Tests, in which they scored over 13,000 runs.
Birth of the only man to clear the pavilion at Lord's. Albert Trott whacked Monty Noble out of the ground when he was playing for MCC against Australia. He played three Tests for Australia and then two for England after joining the Lord's ground staff and qualifying for Middlesex. On his Test debut, against England in Adelaide in 1894-95, he took 8 for 43 in the second innings. But Trott, one of the most successful imports of all time, succumbed to drink and gradually his ability waned. Broke and in ill health, he committed suicide at the age of 41.
The Don's last Test innings in Australia. Don Bradman had to retire hurt on 57 against India in Melbourne when he tore a muscle under his left ribs. Shame, really, as he was moving smoothly towards a fifth century in six innings in the series.
The biggest chase in first-class cricket. Yusuf Pathan scored an unbeaten 210 (helped by South Zone, who dropped him five times) to go with his first-innings 108 as West Zone chased 536 to win the Duleep Trophy in Hyderabad. It surpassed the previous highest first-class chase, of 513 for 9 by Central Province against Southern Province in the 2003-04 Sri Lankan domestic season.
A nearly man is born. David Capel had the definitive impossible job when he came into an England side that was looking for the new Ian Botham in the mid-1980s, and after swimming confidently for a time, he soon sank. Quite simply, Capel was not good enough to justify his place with bat or ball, and averages of 15 and 50 from 15 Tests tell the story. He made 98 in Karachi in 1987-88, but he also had 13 scores of 6 or less in 25 innings. His energetic medium pace was pretty innocuous, but he did have a distinguished rabbit: Viv Richards, whom he dismissed three times. And he did play his part in one of England's most unlikely successes, as the most sedate of Graham Gooch's four-man seam attack in Jamaica in 1989-90.
Temperamental Indian fast bowler Sreesanth, who was born today, made news as much for his occasional brilliance with the ball as for his propensity for controversy. He figured prominently in two of India's finest wins of the late 2000s - in Jamaica in 2006 and Johannesburg later that year. But it was mostly downhill since there, what with him being slapped by Harbhajan Singh after an IPL game, a series of injuries, and declining form. Sreesanth's fall was complete when he was among three Rajasthan Royals players arrested in May 2013 for the alleged fulfilling of promises made to bookmakers in the IPL, following which the BCCI's disciplinary committee found him guilty of spot-fixing and banned him for life.
Seemingly plucked straight from the students' union bar, Daniel Vettori became New Zealand's youngest Test cricketer at 18 years 10 days against England in Wellington. He had played only two first-class games. Vettori bowled very respectably, taking 2 for 98 with his left-arm spin, and his first wicket was Nasser Hussain, who had been his first first-class wicket a couple of weeks earlier.
Australia's youngest male cricketer made his debut. At 17 years, 239 days, Ian Craig was hardly out of school when he was picked for the fifth Test against South Africa, in Melbourne. A crisp, classy middle-order batsman, Craig started well with 53 and 47 (although Australia lost, despite amassing 520 in the first innings), but his career turned out to be more Jason Donovan than Kylie Minogue: he reached 50 only once more in a further 10 Tests, although he did captain Australia in South Africa in 1957-58.
It isn't often that two players both score two hundreds in a Test, and the first time was in Adelaide on this day, when Arthur Morris followed in Denis Compton's footsteps in the fourth Test between Australia and England. A less palatable record in this match went to Godfrey Evans: he took 97 minutes to score his first run. Not even Messrs Tavaré, Bailey and Mackay could top that, but New Zealand's Geoff Allott did when he went four minutes better (or worse) in Auckland in 1998-99.
A Graeme Pollock masterclass. Pollock rammed 274 in the second Test against Australia, in Durban, including the small matter of 43 fours. It was the highest score in Tests by a South African until Daryll Cullinan went past. It took South Africa to 622 for 9, and Australia were trounced out of sight.
Fidel Edwards, born today, was spotted in the nets by Brian Lara and called up for his Test debut after just one match for Barbados. He promptly took five wickets against Sri Lanka in Jamaica in June 2003, added five in his first overseas Test, and six in his first one-day international. Edwards was fast and could swing (and reverse-swing) it, but when going for out-and-out pace he often proved costly. In 2008 he took 7 for 87 in the first innings of the drawn Test in Napier. But injuries troubled him thereafter, and while he played the IPL, Edwards missed Test cricket between 2009 and 2011. In his first series on return, against India at home, he took 19 wickets in three Tests but lack of consistency cost him his spot at the end of 2012.
The birth of Brendan Taylor, who was fast-tracked into the Zimbabwe national team against Sri Lanka in 2003-04 at the age of 18 after the withdrawal of the rebel players. He scored an unbeaten 60 in Zimbabwe's unexpected win over Australia in the World T20 in 2007, and took over wicketkeeping duties when Tatenda Taibu dropped out. His first ODI hundred came against Bangladesh in 2009, and he followed up with centuries against Sri Lanka and South Africa the following year. Taylor finished as Zimbabwe's stand-out batsman at the 2011 World Cup. In June 2011 he was named captain of the national side and celebrated with four centuries in his first seven Tests in charge. He also piled up hundreds in each innings against Bangladesh in Harare in 2013, the first Zimbabwean to achieve the feat. Taylor retired from international cricket after the 2015 World Cup, choosing to sign a Kolpak deal with Nottinghamshire.
Birthday boy Colin Miller's decision to switch from pace to offspin in a club game because of an ankle injury turned his career around. He went on to take 12 for 119 against South Australia and broke Chuck Fleetwood-Smith's 63-year-old record for most wickets in a Sheffield Shield season. It earned him a call-up to the international side at 34 and he remained a reliable performer till his retirement in 2002. His only match ten-for in Tests came against West Indies in Adelaide in 2000. Apart from his skills, he was well-known for changing the colour of his hair, which earned him the nickname "Funky".
Birth of a man who was always on the fringes. Brad Hogg, the slow left-arm chinaman bowler, made his debut in the one-off Test against India in the 1996-97 season. On a sharp Delhi turner he got belted for 69 runs in 17 overs, and that was the last Test he played for a long time. However, he made a satisfying comeback into the national side for the 2003 World Cup. The 2007 World Cup was even more special - 21 wickets at 15.80 as Australia cruised through. He quit international cricket in 2007-08 but at the age of 40, Hogg starred with 13 wickets for his T20 franchise, Perth Scorchers, in the 2011-12 Big Bash League. Hogg was picked in Australia's 2014 World T20 squad but went wicketless in the one match he played in the tournament. He continued playing in the BBL, even after turning 45, and was among the leading all-time wicket-takers in the tournament.
An astonishing Shell Trophy match in Hamilton came to an end. Northern Districts' Alex Tait took 16 for 130, the best match figures in New Zealand first-class history... and ended up losing by 212 runs when Auckland bowled his side out for a paltry 32 in their second innings.
A talented left-hand batsman with a style reminiscent of Brian Lara, Darren Bravo, who was born today, is one of the few young stars in world cricket who seems more at home as the length of the format increases. His first century (a big one) arrived in Bangladesh, in his tenth Test. He scored two more in the series in India immediately after. After 12 Tests his run aggregate and average were identical to those of Lara after 12. Bravo scored his first ODI century against Zimbabwe in 2013, but his most memorable innings so far has been his 218 against New Zealand in Dunedin, the highest by a West Indian in a follow-on, which helped his side earn a remarkable draw. Three weeks later, he withdrew from the tour for "personal reasons"; in 2014 he similarly opted out of the tour of South Africa. But on a tough tour of Australia in 2015, with Shivnarine Chanderpaul out of the picture, Bravo showed that he could take over as batting leader, with a century in Hobart and 81 at the MCG.
1903 Jack Dunning (New Zealand)
1911 Dooley Briscoe (South Africa)
1919 Lindsay Tuckett (South Africa)
1955 Saadat Ali (Pakistan)
1968 Imtiaz Abbasi (UAE)
1969 Rajindra Dhanraj (West Indies)
1973 Lulama Masikazana (South Africa)
1980 Kerry Jeremy (West Indies)
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February 7 down the years
Anil's top ten
Kumble cleans up Pakistan in Delhi
Anil Kumble: recorded a perfect ten at Delhi Hamish Blair
A day Anil Kumble will never forget. He became only the second man after Jim Laker to take all ten wickets in a Test innings, against Pakistan in Delhi. His 10 for 74 - all ten came in a spell of 18.2 overs for 37 runs - swept India to their first victory over Pakistan in 23 Tests, dating back to 1979-80. With India in a comfortable position, Mohammad Azharuddin instructed Javagal Srinath at the other end to bowl wide of the stumps; he was twice called for wides as a result.
The day Gus Fraser, having not played Test cricket for two years, huffed and puffed his way to 8 for 53 against West Indies in Trinidad. Fraser added three more wickets in the second innings, but his dropping of David Williams off the first ball of the last day ultimately cost England the match. Williams and Carl Hooper took West Indies to the brink of a thrilling three-wicket victory.
South African Athol Rowan often bowled with a metal leg brace because of injuries sustained in the Western Desert. The younger brother of Eric Rowan, who played 26 Tests for South Africa, Athol was capped 15 times between 1947 and 1951. He had an unusual grip for an offspinner, with his spinning finger along rather than across the seam, and a stumbling run-up as a result of his gammy leg. His finest hour came when he bowled South Africa to a tense victory over England at Trent Bridge in 1951. He died in South Africa in 1998.
A multi-talented sportsman is born. The Honourable Alfred Lyttelton was one of seven brothers who played first-class cricket, and as well as playing four Tests for England, he played football for his country and was an outstanding tennis player. He ended with a freakish bowling average of 4.75 after taking 4 for 19 (one of them caught by stand-in wicketkeeper WG Grace) with underarm lobs while bowling in his wicketkeeping pads - declarations were not permitted in those days, so every Englishman got a bowl - against Australia at The Oval in 1884. He died in London in 1913.
A World Cup win for Australia's women, with England their victims in the final in Christchurch. England pottered to 151 for 5 off 60 overs, and though Australia lost wickets steadily, they had six balls and three wickets left when they got home. That gave them victory in, to give it its full name, the Hansells Vita Fresh Women's World Cup. Catchy.
After twice being runners-up, Perth Scorchers finally got to take home the Big Bash League trophy when they beat Hobart Hurricanes by 39 runs in the final, in Perth. Shaun Marsh, sent home from the South African tour due to a calf injury, did most of the damage, along with his brother Mitch. Happily enough for Shaun, after his title-clinching half-century, he was called up to the Australian squad once again, this time to replace an injured Shane Watson.
An impromptu rest day on what should have been the second day of the fifth Test between India and England, in Madras, following the death of King George VI on February 6.
Aftab Habib, who was born on this day, was picked for the New Zealand series in 1999 despite never having been on an A tour. England probably thought it would be a good chance to ease him in against substandard opposition. It wasn't. After scores of 1, 6 and a horrible 104-ball 19 that was like watching a man on cricketing death row, Habib was dumped.
1963 Roland Lefebvre (Holland)
1962 Alan Sippy (India)
1972 Ryan Campbell (Australia)
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February 8 down the years
Hero and villain
The glory and the shame of Mohammad Azharuddin
A cricketing aesthete is born. Mohammad Azharuddin in full flow was a glorious sight, whipping straight balls through midwicket and carting anything overpitched through the off side. Watching Azhar in his prime was a joyous experience: there were the three hundreds in his first three Tests, the 121 that stole the thunder of Gooch's 333 at Lord's in 1990, and of course that glorious stand with Sachin Tendulkar in Cape Town in 1996-97. But as things stand, Azhar will now be remembered for his involvement in match-fixing rather than his brilliance with the willow.
A landmark day for Kapil Dev. At 10.34am, after 64 minutes of the third Test against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad, he had Hashan Tillakaratne taken at short leg by Sanjay Manjrekar. It was Kapil's 432nd Test wicket, moving him past Richard Hadlee's world record. The feat was saluted with 432 balloons and a minute's standing ovation. It all overshadowed India's ninth home win in a row, in which the spinners Venkatapathy Raju and Rajesh Chauhan shared 17 wickets. Oh, and there was a pair for Marvan Atapattu, making it five ducks and a 1 (that was, apparently, a wrongly overlooked leg-bye) in his first six Test innings.
India's first Test victory, on their 25th attempt, was set up by left-arm spinner Vinoo Mankad, who cut a swathe through England with 8 for 55 in the fifth Test in Madras. There were four stumpings in the innings, and five in the match, for Khokhan Sen - all off Mankad - both records until Kiran More (with more than a little help from Narendra Hirwani) stumped West Indies in 1987-88. Mankad added four more wickets in the second innings, and with Pankaj Roy and Polly Umrigar making hundreds, an under-strength England side were well beaten by an innings, giving India a share of the series.
A monster partnership between Mushtaq Mohammad and Asif Iqbal set Pakistan up for their first Test win in New Zealand, by an innings and 166 runs in Dunedin. The pair slammed 350 for the fourth wicket in only 275 minutes, Pakistan's highest for any wicket at the time. Mushtaq made 201 and then chipped in with seven wickets to put the Kiwis to sleep.
Bangladesh's first wicketkeeper was born today. Khaled Mashud was tidy and un-flashy behind the stumps, batted at No. 7, and in many instances was the saving grace of Bangladesh's innings. He was made captain in late 2001 but was powerless to halt Bangladesh's woeful run, and quit after their humiliations at the 2003 World Cup. He scored one century in 44 Tests - an unbeaten 103 that helped Bangladesh draw the Test in St Lucia in 2004 after they had collapsed to 79 for 6 in the second innings. Mashud was forced to retire after being omitted from the 2007 World Cup squad, replaced behind the stumps by Mushfiqur Rahim.
Sydney's wettest week for 100 years finished the third Test between Australia and Pakistan as a contest. In fact, it was a miracle that there was any play at all, but the assiduous work of the ground staff enabled 149 overs to be bowled. More than enough time for Mark Taylor to make an unbeaten 101, which took his average after 14 Tests to a mighty 69.95.
A giant fast bowler is born. At 6ft 7in, Cameron Cuffy looked a logical successor to the likes of Patrick Patterson when he came onto the scene in the early 1990s. But like most of his contemporaries, he struggled at Test level. He played for Surrey in the 1990s.
1936 Manohar Hardikar (India)
1947 Sam Gannon (Australia)
1972 Adrian Rollins (England)
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February 9 down the years
Ooh, aah, Glenn McGrath
One of the all-time great seamers is born
Glenn McGrath: always probing the corridor of uncertainty
A metronome/nemesis is born. Describing Glenn McGrath in such terms has become a bit of a cliché, but there's a reason for that: no bowler has probed the corridor of uncertainty so inexorably, and no bowler has had such a remorseless capacity to nail the opponent he desires. He had a slowish start to his Test career (he was dropped with an average of 43 after eight Tests), but came of age on the seismic Caribbean tour of 1994-95. In all, McGrath dismissed Mike Atherton 19 times - a Test record - and Brian Lara 13 (almost twice as often as anyone else). A famously incompetent batsman, he received a massive ovation when he scored a fifty against New Zealand in 2004-05. He retired on a high in 2007, having helped Australia to a 5-0 whitewash of England in the home Ashes and a World Cup win where he was Man of the Tournament.
Birth of one of England's greatest spinners. Jim Laker's signature moment was those 19 wickets against Australia at Old Trafford in 1956 - the greatest innings and match figures in Test history (the latter is a first-class record too). Australia can't say they weren't warned: Laker had taken all ten against them for Surrey in a tour match earlier that summer. A modest and revered character, he took 46 wickets at 9.60 each in the five Ashes Tests of 1956. In a Test trial at Bradford in 1950, he returned the staggering figures of 14-12-2-8 - and one of those runs was a gentle one off the mark for his Surrey team-mate Eric Bedser. The Rest of England were bowled out for 27. Laker later became a BBC commentator. He died in Putney in 1986.
New Zealand prevailed over India by 40 runs in a nervy finish in Auckland. Brendon McCullum's double-hundred gave New Zealand a hefty advantage, but they collapsed to 105 all out in the second innings, setting India a target of 407 to get in a little over two days. By the time Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan had added 126 at more than four an over on day four, it began to increasingly look like India would chase it down. But New Zealand's seamers struck back - Neil Wagner picking up career-best match figures of 8 for 126 - and took their side to a memorable victory, but not before MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja briefly threatened to swing the game back in India's favour with a short blaze of big hitting.
It was cold ones all round for Australia, who made it 15 out of 15 with victory over West Indies in the second one-day final in Melbourne. With a 5-0 whitewash of the same opponent in the Tests and ten wins out of ten in the one-day series, this was a perfect summer for Steve Waugh's boys. Though West Indies for once put up a decent fight, the result was never in serious doubt after Mark Waugh caned a majestic 173, the highest one-day score by an Australian.
The eighth World Cup kicked off in Cape Town... with a kick in the teeth for the hosts, South Africa. In a wildly fluctuating match, Brian Lara lined up the boot with a thumping century on his return from serious illness, and South Africa fell three runs short when Lance Klusener failed for the second World Cup match in succession.
Kenya may be struggling to achieve Test status, but an irrefutably Test-class player was born in the country on this day. Qasim Umar played 26 Tests for Pakistan in the 1980s, mostly as opener or at No. 3. He managed two double-hundreds too: 210 against India in Faisalabad in 1984-85, and 206 against Sri Lanka on the same ground a year later. Umar was put out to pasture quite early, though, and played his last Test at 29, after accusing his team-mates of discrimination and drug-trafficking.
Hanumant Singh went on to become a slightly taciturn match referee, but as a Test batsman he was more inclined to stamp his authority on proceedings. On this day he punished England with a century on his debut, 105 in the fourth Test, in Delhi. Colin Cowdrey trumped that with 151, and the match petered out into a draw when the Nawab of Pataudi Jr made India's first double-hundred against England. Hanumant served Indian cricket as a national selector and a manager of the national side. He died in November 2006.
Birth of Maurice Read, who was more from the Stewart school than the Athertonian. He was a naturally attacking batsman, and the high point of his 17-Test career was a crucial 35 in a Test against Australia at The Oval in 1890, where no one made a fifty. It enabled England to scramble to their target of 95 with two wickets to spare. Read died in Hampshire in 1929.
When Plum Warner's MCC conceded a first-innings deficit of 51 to Victoria in a tour match at the MCG, it was important for them to get early second-innings wickets. They did: all ten of them. Victoria were all out for 15, the lowest score in Australian first-class cricket history. Without Harry Trott's 9, it really would have been messy. The Aussies were keen to point out that only ten men batted. With a first-class average of 4, the injured Jack Saunders could really have made a difference.
Birth of South African allrounder Ryan McLaren, who was roughed up by Mitchell Johnson twice in the same year. First, in his second Test - coming four years after his debut - in 2014 in Centurion, where a short ball from Johnson crashed into his helmet and left him with a concussion. Second, in the tri-series in Zimbabwe, where he sustained a hairline fracture to his right forearm. Even without the injuries, McLaren's one-day career had a stop-start pattern. In the four years since his debut he had only played 13 ODIs, getting a regular run only in 2013. In 2014 he was South Africa's second-highest wicket-taker in ODIs but was still left out of the squad for the World Cup the following year.
1855 John Shuter (England)
1860 Frank Walters (Australia)
1878 Leonard Moon (England)
1882 Tom Campbell (South Africa)
1929 Lennox "Bunny" Butler (West Indies)
1963 Mike Rindel (South Africa)
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February 10 down the years
The black band of courage
Flower and Olonga make a stand against the Mugabe regime
Olonga (in photo), along with Flower, made a powerful political statement in a quiet manner
The day Henry Olonga and Andy Flower defied Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwean regime with an act of selfless bravery and huge dignity. By taking to the field wearing black armbands to mourn "the death of democracy" in their country, they achieved the most forceful and eloquent expression of civil rights in a sporting event since Tommie Smith and John Carlos' black-power salute at the Mexico Olympics in 1968. More than anything, their quiet stand brought into focus an issue that had long been overshadowed by sordid squabbles over money and security. Both men were forced into exile and international retirement after the tournament.
Namibia made their international debut in the Flower-Olonga protest match. Apart from the black armbands, the game is remembered for Craig Wishart's unbeaten 172 off 151 balls, then the highest score by a Zimbabwe batsman. Rain reduced Namibia's target from 341 in 50 overs to 191 in 25.1, but they only managed to reached 104. They played five more matches in the tournament but failed to win any. They haven't played an ODI since.
A mixed day for Dennis Lillee. In the third Test against India, he overtook Richie Benaud's then-record wickets aggregate for Australia (248) but also got involved in an unseemly spat with Sunil Gavaskar, which briefly threatened to bring the Test to a premature end. The match did end early on day five after Australia astonishingly collapsed for 83 against an injury-hit Indian attack. Kapil Dev, who didn't bowl on the fourth evening due to a strained thigh muscle, took 5 for 28 the next morning.
With England 2-0 up, the third and final Test - which was also Ian Botham's 100th - against New Zealand in Wellington was drifting away on the final afternoon, and pretty much everyone had switched off. Not David Lawrence, who was bowling for his country and continued to bustle in at full pelt. But in his third over he fractured his left kneecap as he was about to bowl and fell horribly, his chilling cries of pain echoing around the stadium. Spectators said the sound of his knee splitting was like a pistol shot. His Test career was over, his first-class career as good as, though he did attempt a comeback with Gloucestershire in 1997. As Lawrence was being stretchered off, the England manager, Micky Stewart, and Jack Russell got involved in a scuffle with a local cameraman.
Jack Hobbs (178) and Wilfred Rhodes (179) put on 323 for the first wicket against Australia in Melbourne, setting up an innings victory that saw England regain the Ashes. Hobbs' record as an opener is legendary; Rhodes, one of the game's greatest allrounders, began his Test career in 1899, batting No. 11, and ended it in 1930, batting No. 10.
A rare overseas Test win for England - their first in ten games in fact. Darren Gough and the recalled Andy Caddick inspired a rout of New Zealand in Wellington by sharing 15 wickets, while Graham Thorpe made his second consecutive century to nail England's advantage. New Zealand never recovered from a truncated first day, which they closed on 56 for 6.
An old-fashioned chunky biffer is born. West Indian Clayton Lambert's five-Test career came in two distinct parts. First he made his debut in the middle order at The Oval in 1991, and it was his preposterous heave off Phil Tufnell's first ball of the third day that kick-started a dramatic West Indian collapse. He was then recalled at the age of 36, again against England, in 1997-98, when he made a hundred. But the following winter Messrs Pollock and Donald found him out, even though Lambert had plenty of experience of playing in South Africa with Northern Transvaal. This time it was terminal - in a sense, though he later appeared for the USA.
Birth of the first Englishman to score a Test hundred on debut at Lord's. John Hampshire rescued England from 61 for 5 with 107 against West Indies in 1969, but it was the only hundred he made in eight Tests. A largely attacking batsman, he staged an infamous go-slow at Northampton - which cost Yorkshire a bonus point - as a protest against what he perceived to be selfish batting by one Geoff Boycott. Hampshire later became a Test umpire.
England captain Mike Denness ended a wretched Ashes series on a personal high, plundering 188 in the sixth Test, in Melbourne, off an Australian attack weakened by the absence of the injured Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson. It remains the highest score by any visiting captain in a Test in Australia and helped England to an innings victory. It wasn't enough to save Denness, however, and within three Tests he had been sacked. Australia won the series 4-1.
A Wellington paint-drying marathon. After surviving a strong caught-behind appeal off the first ball of his first Test, John Wright batted 517 minutes and 349 balls for 74 runs in the match. But it was all in a good cause: he was New Zealand's top scorer, and the only man apart from Geoff Boycott to make a fifty in their first Test win over England, in their 48th Test. It still needed England to falter in pursuit of a mighty fourth-innings target of 137. In a match played in gale-force winds, Richard Hadlee (6 for 26) blew them away for just 64.
A headline writer's dream is born. Albert "Monkey" Hornby is one of only three men in Test history with a bowling average of 0. He took 1 for 0 off seven overs in his career, which spanned three Tests and five years. Hornby was a batsman by trade, but he failed to reach double figures in six innings. Clearly Monkey wasn't the solution to England's batting puzzle.
Birth of Michael Kasprowicz, the Aussie seamer who might have played many more Tests but for the success of Glenn McGrath and friends. Kasprowicz had success in England in 1997 but was ineffective when recalled in India in 2000-01, and seemed destined to be a nearly man. But he grasped his chance when picked to tour Sri Lanka in 2003-04 and cemented his place in the side with good performances in the return series and in India. In 2004 he took 47 wickets in 13 Tests at 23.74. In 2005 his was the fateful last wicket in the thrilling Edgbaston Ashes Test. Kasprowicz retired in 2008, finishing with 113 wickets from 38 Tests.
Ireland medium-pacer John Mooney, born today, missed out on playing in Ireland's famous win over Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup but took four wickets in the bigger victory, over England in the 2011 tournament. Then in December 2013, his ten-wicket match haul against Afghanistan gave Ireland their fourth Intercontinental Cup title. Two months later he left a tour of West Indies due to a stress-related illness. He called it quits in 2015.
A captain's knock from Graham Yallop, who made 121 out of Australia's total of 198 against England in Sydney today. Nobody else passed 16, and Yallop's score accounted for 61.11% of his side's innings. It didn't do much for the result, though: England won by nine wickets to seal a 5-1 series victory. Yallop had only one more match as captain before giving way to Kim Hughes.
1862 Gobo Ashley (South Africa)
1883 Ranji Hordern (Australia)
1910 Paul Whitelaw (New Zealand)
1910 John Langridge (England)
1920 Don Brennan (England)
1957 Pranab Roy (India)
1961 David Ward (England)
1962 Athar Ali Khan (Bangladesh)
1969 Salahuddin Ahmed (Bangladesh)
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The Phantom opener
A corpse in pads, a drugs scandal, and the debut of West Indies' greatest captain
Bill Lawry (far right) with the 1968 Australian Ashes team in London
Birth of one of Australia's greatest openers. At the crease, Bill Lawry was the antithesis of the boisterous, excitable commentator we know today. Lawry the opener was blessed with a dead bat and eternal concentration (he twice carried his bat in a Test). He burst onto the scene with 420 runs in England in 1961, including an extremely brave 130 on a dodgy, ridgy pitch at Lord's. He later became captain but paid the price for being pulverised by South Africa in 1969-70 and surrendering the Ashes a year later. Aged only 33, he was dropped for good. Lawry soon became a fixture in the commentary box, though, renowned for his nasal exclamations and knockabout banter with Tony Greig.
First the bookies, then the nurses... and finally the drugs. On the very morning that Australia launched their successful defence of the World Cup, Shane Warne was flying back home in disgrace, after completing a very unsavoury hat-trick of scandals. Warne, who had made a stunningly rapid recovery from a dislocated shoulder, had tested positive for diuretics, agents that promote rapid weight loss but can also be used to disguise the use of steroids. He protested that he had taken the tablets on the advice of his mother, who wanted him to look good in front of the cameras. That excuse didn't wash with the Australian board, however, which banned him from all cricket for a year.
The debut of West Indies' finest captain. It took Frank Worrell 13 years and 37 Tests to get to the summit, and in the meantime he contented himself with being a top-class batsman. He started against England in Trinidad, with 125 runs for once out, but there was no debut century: Worrell was agonisingly caught behind for 97 in the first innings, and made 28 not out in the second. He soon made up for it, though, with 131 in the next Test. In fact, after two Tests his average was 256, and after seven it was 104. His average never dropped below 50... until his last Test series, when a poor run (68 runs in seven innings) finally caught up with him and left him stranded on 49.48.
On the same day, in the same Test, makeshift England opener and wicketkeeper Billy Griffith ran out the regular opener, Jack Robertson, and to make up for it, cracked 140 on debut before he was lbw to... Worrell. Griffith should have stayed at the top of the order. He made 4 in the second innings, and then after moving back to his customary station at No. 10 or 8, added scores of 8, 5 and 0.
The first first-class match in Australia, between Tasmania and Victoria at Launceston Racecourse ground, got underway in front of about 1000 spectators. Tasmania won by three wickets.
Birth of Bev Congdon, whose batting average (32.22) may not have been much to shout about but who was a key player for New Zealand in the 1960s and '70s. He was a sound No. 3, a shrewd captain, and a good enough medium-pacer to pick up a Test five-for. Congdon had a taste for big hundreds - three of his seven in Tests totalled 166 or more (including 176 and 175 back to back in England in 1973) - though none of the seven were match-winners. In fact, of Congdon's 61 Tests, New Zealand won only seven.
The day a Test nation lost to the team playing in its first World Cup match for 24 years. This wasn't quite the upset it appears on paper, however. The teams in question were Bangladesh, with three wins in 63 matches (and none since their dubious victory over Pakistan in 1999), and Canada, whose purposeful batting carried them to a commendable total of 180. Bangladesh then collapsed for 120 under the Pietermaritzburg floodlights, with Canada's dreadlocked seamer Austin Codrington taking 5 for 27.
Birth of either one of the best uncapped batsmen in England or a clown, depending on your viewpoint. After a chancy 37 on Ali Brown's one-day debut, against India at The Oval in 1996, the Times reported that had Brown "appeared on a one-wheeled bike, wearing a silly hat and a red nose, and thrown custard pies at the umpires, he would scarcely have struck a more ridiculous figure than he did yesterday". Brown did make a century four days later, but his ODI career was a stop-start affair, although he smashed a 31-ball 50 against South Africa in 1998 and played some extraordinary one-day innings for Surrey, including a world-record 268 against Glamorgan in 2002.
England wrapped up a fine winter's work by taking the World Series with victory over Australia in the second final, in Sydney. Coupled with regaining the Ashes and winning the short B&H Perth Challenge, things could not have gone any better for England. Chris Broad made 53 here in a tense eight-run win, and was then named International Cricketer of the Year. All was well with the world, and if you'd told the assembled throng that the only victories England would get in Australia for the next 15 years would be in dead rubbers, few would have believed you.
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February 12 down the years
Lightning wrists, dazzling strokeplay, impeccable sportsmanship
Gundappa Viswanath: a cricketing gentleman
A cricketing gentleman is born. India's Gundappa Viswanath was as renowned for his sportsmanship - he cost India the Golden Jubilee Test when he recalled Bob Taylor - as he was for his lightning wrists and pure, impish strokeplay. From 91 Tests he made over 6000 runs at an average of 41. And his runs were usually influential: he averaged 53 against West Indies, and 51 in Tests India didn't lose, as against 26 in those they did.
A day for young centurions. Today Mushtaq Mohammad, aged 17 years 82 days, made his first Test hundred, against India in Delhi. It was a Test record until Bangladesh's Mohammad Ashraful took a century - on debut - off Sri Lanka at the age of 17 years and 63 days. Before that, the nearest anyone got to breaking Mushtaq's record was...
... 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar, who came within 12 runs of becoming the youngest person to make a Test hundred when he was out to New Zealand's Danny Morrison in the second Test, in Napier. This Test match was heavily rain-affected, although there was also time for John Wright to bite the hand that would later feed him - he made his second hundred of the series.
A bad day for South Africa, the World Cup hosts, in Paarl, where Percy Sonn - at the time the UCBSA president - got so drunk while watching India thrash Netherlands that he infamously "fell out of his pants". One reporter noted that Sonn, who went on to become president of the ICC, told onlookers: "Brother I am so ****ing drunk I don't know where the **** I am."
Among Englishmen with 100 Test wickets, only the deadly duo of George Lohmann and Sydney Barnes have a lower average than Bobby Peel, who was born today. Peel was a devilishly accurate left-arm spinner, whose 101 wickets came at a cost of just 16.97 each. And he conceded only 1.97 runs per over. At Old Trafford in 1888 he took advantage of a vicious sticky dog to take 11 for 68 and bowl England to an Ashes-clinching innings victory. He died in his native Leeds in 1941.
A day to forget for South Africa, who were bowled out for 36 in 23.2 overs by Australia in Melbourne. Bert Ironmonger led the way with 5 for 6, and although Australia were themselves bowled out for 153, Ironmonger took 6 for 18 as South Africa were skittled for 45 second time round, losing the series 0-5.
The birth of all-round sportsman Charlie McGahey. He played football for Sheffield United, Tottenham and Arsenal, was a hard-hitting batsman for Essex - on one occasion he drove the ball back so hard that he broke his partner's arm - and played twice for England in Australia in 1901-02.
The end of Richie Benaud's radiant 63-Test career, in Sydney. He bowed out with 14 runs and four wickets as Australia drew with South Africa, ensuring that the series would finish 1-1. Benaud finished with 2201 runs, 248 wickets, and the proud record of having never captained Australia in a series defeat.
Birth of the least celebrated member of the West Indian hit squad of 1984. The gangling, awkward Milton Small was a rarity among 1980s West Indies quicks, in that he had the description "fast-medium" rather than "fast" against his name. His last Test was at Lord's on that tour, when he was somehow given the new ball ahead of Malcolm Marshall.
Breezy fare in Auckland, where a first Test that lasted only 199.2 overs came to an end. Pakistan won it by five wickets, thanks chiefly to nine wickets from Wasim Akram and a blistering 78 from Aamer Sohail, one of only two fifties in the match. There was a carefree air about proceedings from start to finish: the top partnership of the match was 75, from only 48 balls, by Andrew Jones and Mark Greatbatch on the first day.
William Shalders, born today, played 12 Tests for South Africa and toured England in 1904 and 1907. He wasn't one of the stars of the famous South African side in 1907 but performed consistently on the tour. He scored 108 against Hampshire, and came out sixth on the list for the whole tour, getting 747 runs in 22 matches.
New Zealand's Ross Morgan, born today, was a dependable batsman who favoured clipping the ball through midwicket. He was also an offspinner with a memorable skipping and hopping approach. He made 66 on debut against Pakistan in Auckland in 1964-65, and followed with a career-best 97 in Christchurch. A good tour of India later that season followed but thereafter he struggled - his next 22 Test innings produced only 287 runs. His final series was in West Indies in 1971-72, where in three Tests he scored eight runs and took one wicket.
1891 Cec Dixon (South Africa)
1966 Shakeel Ahmed snr (Pakistan)
1972 Dulip Samaraweera (Sri Lanka)
1984 Vinay Kumar (India)
1991 Kane Richardson (Australia)
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Take up thy bed and bat
Paynter comes out of hospital to play for England
Eddie Paynter score 24 of his 83 at the Gabba in 1933 in between hospital visits
Boy's Own stuff in Brisbane, where Eddie Paynter left his hospital bed to come to England's aid as they struggled in the fourth Test of the Bodyline series. Laid low by acute tonsillitis, Paynter heard of England's plight on the radio, and with the Ashes in the balance, grabbed a taxi and arrived at the ground in his pyjamas. He stopped the rot, finishing the day on 24 not out, returned to hospital, and then extended his innings to 83 the following morning.
In a situation reminiscent of the Sabina Park farce in 1997-98, the second Test between West Indies and England at the new Sir Vivian Richards Stadium was abandoned after just ten balls. The outfield was sandy and there was a lack of firmness underfoot while bowling. Jerome Taylor failed to deliver his first ball at the first attempt, and then completely lost his run-up. Fidel Edwards was frustrated with the sand being kicked up as he ran in. International cricket was suspended at the stadium for 12 mo
A famous victory for New Zealand, in a cranky match that left a bad taste in the mouth. Their last pair of Gary Troup and Stephen Boock scrambled a leg-bye to give them a one-wicket victory over West Indies in Dunedin - it ultimately gave them the series too, the last West Indies lost for 15 years - after it had looked all over with the Kiwis at 54 for 7, chasing 104. But it's the other stuff that the match is remembered for: Michael Holding infamously hoofed the stumps down when a caught-behind appeal was turned down (his apoplexy was partly the result of an earlier incident when he clipped Lance Cairns' off stump without the bails being dislodged), and there was a series of West Indian complaints about the umpiring. With the exception of Desmond Haynes, who was last out in both innings for 55 and 105, and would have been the first West Indian to be on the field throughout a Test had he fielded in the second innings, none of the team attended the presentations.
A Wellington massacre. West Indies, and Courtney Walsh in particular, pummelled New Zealand by an innings and 322 runs in the second Test, the fourth-biggest victory in Test history at that time. After West Indies smashed 660 for 5 - including an 88-ball hundred from Junior Murray - Walsh got blood out of a fairly lifeless stone to take 13 wickets for just 55 runs.
A blistering 137 from Graeme Pollock against England in Port Elizabeth made him only the second man after George Headley to hit three Test hundreds before the age of 21. Pollock added 77 not out in the second innings to boost his average to 53.58 from 11 Tests. Manhood made him an even better player - in 12 further Tests he averaged 67.
When South Africa were 21 for 5 in the Standard Bank one-day final against England in Johannesburg today, it seemed there could only be one winner. It wasn't England. The soon-to-be-disgraced Hansie Cronje led South Africa back from the brink, and even though they mustered only 149, it was more than enough. Only extras passed 20 for England.
Poor Andy Ganteaume. The West Indian opener hit 112 against England in Trinidad today, in what turned out to be his only Test innings. However freakish, an über-Bradman average of 112 is some consolation. In this match, a high-scoring draw, all four openers - Ganteaume, George Carew, Jack Robertson and Billy Griffith - got hundreds.
Birth of a bright spark. Australian quick bowler Len Pascoe, of Macedonian descent and born Len Durtanovich, was blessed with the ability to bowl fast and straight, and took a flurry of three- and four-fors in 14 Tests. His only five-wicket haul came at Lord's in the Centenary Test of 1980, where his 5 for 59 included four lbws. But injury forced him to miss the England tour a year later, and despite a perfectly acceptable record of 64 wickets at 26, his last Test came against West Indies in Adelaide in 1981-82.
England regained the Ashes with an innings victory in the fourth Test, in Melbourne. Johnny Douglas took 5 for 46 after Jack Hobbs (178) and Wilfred Rhodes (179) provided the platform with a 323-run opening stand.
The birth of the controversial and colourful Ted Pooley, one of the best wicketkeepers of his era but a man who attracted trouble and some. He was suspended by Surrey in 1873 over allegations that he didn't try in a match, and missed the first Test of all, in 1877, as he was under arrest in New Zealand after an unsuccessful betting scam during a tour match. He died broken and bankrupt in a London workhouse in 1907.
Over 500 players went under the hammer in the IPL's biggest auction, in Bangalore. There were five million-dollar buys - Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Kevin Pietersen, Mitchell Johnson and Glenn Maxwell - but the overall mood was less dramatic than in previous auctions, with the franchises looking at team-building over branding. Seventy players were bought for a total of Rs 212.35 crores (approx. US$35 million).
1858 Harry Moses (Australia)
1904 Eddie Dawson (England)
1957 Thelston Payne (West Indies)
1969 Subroto Banerjee (India)
1981 Nooshin Al Khadeer (India)
1970 Pauline te Beest (Netherlands)
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A Valentine's Day massacre
The day South Africa were bowled out for 30
George Lohmann took 15 for 45 as South Africa were shown no love on Valentine's Day
Not a day to spark celebrations in South Africa. Today they were bowled out for 30 by England in Port Elizabeth, their lowest score in Tests and the second lowest by anyone. The deadly George Lohmann did the damage: having found his range with 7 for 38 in the first innings, he took a remarkable 8 for 7 here. Fittingly, he rounded off the match - which was over inside two days and 200 (five-ball) overs - with a hat-trick.
A St Valentine's Day massacre. West Indies went down in two days to Australia in the fourth Test, in Melbourne, bowled out for 99 and 107, with Bert Ironmonger taking 11 wickets. There was also a luscious 152 from Don Bradman to add to the 223 he made in the previous Test.
Muttiah Muralitharan may be Sri Lanka's most potent bowling weapon ever, but when it came to collecting one-day records, Chaminda Vaas was peerless. Already the holder of the best analysis in one-day cricket, 8 for 19 against Zimbabwe, on this day he became the first bowler to take a hat-trick with the first three balls of a match, against the hapless Bangladeshis in Pietermaritzburg. He added a fourth in the same over, en route to figures of 6 for 25, and Sri Lanka won by ten wickets with almost 30 overs to spare.
The end of a Jamaican cracker. England were in control for most of the second Test, but after they made West Indies follow on for the second Test in a row, a century from Garry Sobers (who in the first innings went first ball to John Snow, for the second consecutive innings in which Snow had bowled to him) left England needing 159 to win on a tricky surface. Sobers and Lance Gibbs almost sent them to a sensational defeat, but they hung on at 68 for 8. All this on the sixth day of the match - an extra 75 minutes were played because of a bottle-throwing riot on the fourth day, precipitated by the dismissal of Basil Butcher.
Eighteen-year-old Wasim Akram won a few battles with a ten-for in only his second Test, but New Zealand won the war with a tense two-wicket win in Dunedin today. It was even tighter than the scoreline suggests: Lance Cairns was hospitalised with a suspected fractured skull, and New Zealand were effectively nine down. Somehow Ewen Chatfield (Test average: 8) managed to stay with Jeremy Coney for 104 minutes - his longest first-class innings - while 50 runs were added. It was the difference between a 2-0 New Zealand win and a 1-1 draw.
On Valentine's Day, a charmer and a cad was born. Described by Vic Marks as "an enigma without a variation", Chris Lewis had probably the greatest natural talent of all England's post-Botham wannabes, and at his best he could charm the pants off any cricket lover. But too often he'd leave his admirers in the lurch with a nothing performance when it mattered: remember that ridiculous sojourn down the track to Tim May at Lord's in 1993? Or the time he shaved his head in the Caribbean and got sunstroke? Or the puncture at The Oval in 1996 that led to him being dropped for the final time? He scored a Test hundred - made in a match that was long since lost - and did help win three Tests with the ball, but Lewis could have done so much more. He drifted out of cricket at the end of 2000, and in late 2008 was found guilty of smuggling cocaine into England and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
The beginning of the sixth World Cup. They say you shouldn't peak too early in a big tournament, and England followed that maxim a bit too keenly, losing an eminently winnable match against New Zealand by 11 runs. The key moment came when Graeme Hick, who played beautifully for 85, was run out after a mix-up between his runner, Mike Atherton, and Neil Fairbrother.
Sri Lanka's first victory as a Test-playing nation. Okay, it came in a one-dayer and was largely a product of English incompetence, but they all count. Chasing 216 to win, England were cruising at 203 for 5 when the last five wickets went down for nine runs, four of them run-outs. Such a show of blind panic was pretty embarrassing for England, who did not lose to Sri Lanka in a one-dayer again for 11 years.
Twin hundreds for Australian opener Jack Moroney in Johannesburg, where six weeks earlier he had begun his Test career by being run out for 0. Curiously this was the only match of his seven-Test career that Australia didn't win. When they didn't win, he averaged 219; when they did, the figure was just 16.
A run-feast in the Shell Trophy match in Christchurch. Canterbury (496 and 476 for 2 dec) lost to Wellington (498 for 2 dec and 475 for 4) by six wickets in a match that produced an average of 108 runs per wicket. There were seven centuries - not a great surprise when you consider that the two teams contained a nap hand of international batsmen and allrounders. Messrs Hartland, Stead, Harris, Latham, Cairns, Astle, McMillan, Priest, Germon, Twose, Crowe and Larsen all played in this match; between them they accounted for five of those hundreds.
While the senior West Indies side was embroiled in yet another payment dispute with the board, this time putting their participation in the World T20 in doubt, their Under-19 team brought respite to beleaguered fans by winning the junior World Cup in Mirpur. Fast bowlers Alzarri Joseph and Ryan John took three wickets each to bowl out India for 145 and then batsman Keacy Carty led the chase with a patient 52 not out. It was India's first Youth ODI defeat since their quarter-final exit from the 2014 World Cup.
1911 Alicia Walsh (Australia)
1947 Salahauddin (Pakistan)
1962 Asim Khan (Netherlands)
1973 HD Ackerman (South Africa)
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February 15 down the years
A cracking Melbourne finish
One of the game's classic series goes down to the wire
Alan Davidson hooks Wes Hall on a nail-biting final day in Melbourne in 1961
The end of probably the greatest Test series of all. Australia needed 258 to beat West Indies in the fifth Test, at the MCG, and take the series 2-1. At 154 for 2, it looked a formality, but Frank Worrell and Alf Valentine dragged West Indies back into it, and at 236 for 6 it was anyone's game. But the Aussies had "Slasher" Mackay coming in at No. 8, and with two wickets left, he and Johnny Martin scrambled the winning leg-bye just before the close of the penultimate day. A record crowd of 90,800 watched the second day of the Test. After such a mesmeric series, West Indies were bid goodbye in fitting fashion: a new trophy, for which the countries still compete, was established, bearing Worrell's name; and the whole team was given a tickertape farewell parade through Melbourne.
Birth of Desmond Haynes, who with Gordon Greenidge formed one of the greatest opening partnerships of all time. They put together 16 century stands in Tests, with Haynes usually playing the sedate straight man to Greenidge's slayer. Haynes was also a superb one-day batsman, a master at pacing an innings (11 of his 17 ODI centuries were unbeaten, and 16 of them came in a winning cause), and no West Indian had scored more than his 8648 ODI runs till Brian Lara overtook the mark. Haynes made three fifties in his first three Test innings, and also three hundreds in a row against England and Pakistan in 1990. He was a generally happy and popular character, but in his first Test as captain, covering for the injured Viv Richards, in Trinidad in 1990, he had a shouting match with Alec Stewart and denied England victory with blatant time-wasting tactics
A one-day Test may be a contradiction, but - in real terms at least - that's what happened at the MCG on this day. Australia hammered South Africa by an innings, and the match (which because of bad weather was spread over three days) lasted only five hours, 53 minutes. The South Africans were routed for just 36 and 45, with left-arm spinner Bert Ironmonger taking 5 for 6 and 6 for 18: his 11 for 24 is the cheapest ten-wicket haul in a Test. Clarrie Grimmett couldn't even get a bowl. In all, there were 234 runs scored, the lowest aggregate in Test history for a complete match.
One of the most remarkable bowling performances in Tests. Australia's Arthur Mailey took 9 for 121 as England slumped to an eight-wicket defeat in the fourth Test, in Melbourne. Mailey could have had the perfect ten, but a catch off the one batsman to evade him - Patsy Hendren - was dropped.
A Test century from a No. 10. Pat Symcox became only the third man to achieve the feat, and the first for 96 years, when he whacked 108 against Pakistan in Johannesburg on this day. He also added a Test-record 195 for the ninth wicket with Mark Boucher.
After England, it was South Africa's turn to get blown away by the Mitchell Johnson menace. He took 12 for 127 - Australia's second-best match figures in South Africa - in the first Test, in Cape Town, to bowl them out for 206 and 200. Shaun Marsh, replacing the injured Shane Watson, made 148 on his comeback, and Steven Smith, also continuing his fine form from the Ashes, made 100. South Africa were inept not only against Johnson's pace but also in the field, giving David Warner four lives in his double-century stand with debutant Alex Doolan (89) in the second innings.
Birth of the niggardly South African seamer Craig Matthews, part of the fearsome foursome (Allan Donald, Fanie de Villiers and Brian McMillan were the others) who demolished England for 99 at Lord's in 1994. Matthews took 3 for 25 in that innings, and earlier in the match flashed an initiative-seizing 41 off 36 balls. His record was a good one - 52 wickets at 28 - but he played his last Test at the age of 30, against England in 1995-96. His final figures - 1 for 29 off 19 overs - summed up his thriftiness.
Another thrashing for England on their horror tour of the subcontinent. They went down to India by an innings and 22 runs in the second Test, in Madras. Their captain, Graham Gooch, pulled out after eating a dodgy prawn curry, and England were never in the game once India piled up 560 for 6 declared. As in the first Test, there were 17 wickets for India's three spinners, Anil Kumble, Venkatapathy Raju and Rajesh Chauhan. There was also a first, and only, Test hundred for Chris Lewis - on his 25th birthday - but that was about all England had to cheer.
And moving further south, Geoff Boycott's second match in charge of England (Mike Brearley was at home nursing a broken arm) ended in their first-ever defeat by New Zealand, bowled out for 64 chasing 137.
Ian Botham's highest one-day score. Thrust up the order for the pre-World Cup one-day series in New Zealand, Botham belted a strapping 79 off 73 balls in the third match, in Christchurch, as England put the seal on an impressive clean sweep. Botham was one of the first pinch-hitters, and England carried their plan into the World Cup, although he only made one fifty. Typically enough, it was against Australia.
Hamish Marshall, who was born today, made his Test debut in 2000 in a rain-disrupted match in Johannesburg, but his second chance only came four years later. He made his one-day debut in between. His maiden Test hundred came against Australia in Christchurch in March 2005. Later in that series, in Auckland, his twin brother James made his Test debut, marking the first time identical twins have featured together in a Test XI. A month later, Hamish scored another hundred, against Sri Lanka in Napier. However, he struggled to keep his place in the ODI side, and though he got three games in the World Cup, he refused a national contract in 2007 to play domestic cricket in England as a local player. James' international career was even briefer, but he, too, had a robust domestic career.
1878 Jack Sharp (England)
1959 Guy de Alwis (Sri Lanka)
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February 16 down the years
Michael learns to rock
The liquid grace of Michael Holding, and England's Bodyline win
Michael Holding: England's nemesis at The Oval in 1976
A whispering birth. No bowler in history has run up with quite the lithe, rhythmic grace of Michael Holding - hence his nickname, "Whispering Death". Peculiarly, Holding's 60 Tests came against only four countries - England, Australia, India and New Zealand - but he was the sort of classy practitioner who could produce anywhere: 11 of his 13 five-fors came overseas, including two on an Oval featherbed in 1976, when he tore England apart with a magnificent performance (8 for 92 and 6 for 57). And there was that over to Geoff Boycott in Barbados in 1980-81, when Holding softened him up with the first five balls and sent the off stump flying with the sixth. In Wisden Cricket Monthly, Boycott's team-mate Chris Old was described as "having the look of a man who had seen a monster". Holding also whacked six Test fifties, four of them off England. He is now a high-class TV commentator, with a voice to make listeners drool.
The end that justified the means. England's Bodyline tactics weren't popular, but they brought the Ashes back today with a six-wicket victory that gave them an unassailable 3-1 lead with one to play. Eddie Paynter was the hero, overcoming tonsillitis to make a decisive 83 in the first innings. The relative failure of Don Bradman - who made 76 and 24 and was out to Harold Larwood in both innings - was also crucial to England's success. England's celebrations were muted, however, by the news that Australian batsman Archie Jackson, aged just 23, had died of tuberculosis
The beginning of the most successful batting debut of all. Lawrence Rowe, playing in Kingston, the town of his birth, became the only man to make a double-century and a century on Test debut. At the end of this first day he was not out on 94, which he extended on the second day to a mighty 214. For good measure, Rowe cracked an unbeaten 100 in the second innings. But the match was drawn, thanks mainly to Glenn Turner, who carried his bat in New Zealand's first innings for a brilliant 223 - the highest score by a batsman carrying his bat. Interestingly, Turner and Rowe had both made a double-hundred in their last first-class match before this Test.
A meticulous 307 from Bob Cowper as the final Test between Australia and England at the MCG drifted towards a draw. With the series squared at 1-1, Australia retained the Ashes. Cowper batted 727 minutes in all - at the time it was the longest first-class innings in Australia - and was also the first triple-hundred in a Test in Australia, a feat that even eluded Don Bradman. This was also the last of wicketkeeper Wally Grout's 51 Tests - he ended with 187 dismissals.
Wasim Jaffer, born today, scored a triple-century in his second first-class match and much was expected of him when he made his Test debut in February 2000, but Allan Donald and Shaun Pollock proved too hot to handle. In 2006 he scored his maiden Test hundred - against England - in Nagpur and followed with a double in the West Indies. But Gautam Gambhir's success as a Test opener meant Jaffer was forced to return to domestic cricket, where he continued to dominate bowling attacks. He also captained Mumbai to Ranji titles in 2008-09 and 2009-10, as well as overseeing West Zone's 16th Duleep Trophy success in early 2010. The year after that he became the highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy, going past team-mate Amol Muzumdar's 8237 runs, at the Wankhede, his home ground.
Plenty of candy for Gary Kirsten, who took 188 off the cricketing babies of the United Arab Emirates in the second match of the 1996 World Cup in Rawalpindi. It was the highest score in the World Cup for nearly 20 years, and he fell just one short of the record at that time, Viv Richards' 189 against England in 1984. South Africa won at a canter, predictably, but only after Allan Donald had felled the UAE's captain, Sultan Zarawani, with a blow to the head first-ball. Zarawani had only himself to blame: you don't come out to face Donald wearing a sunhat and expect a half-volley.
Birth of the South African allrounder Cyril Vincent, a useful batsman and a fine, accurate left-arm spinner. In 25 Tests he hit a couple of fifties, both against England, although he did his best work with the ball. He took three five-fors, all against England, all in drawn Tests. Vincent had a very good strike rate for a spinner (a wicket every 69 balls) and a distinguished rabbit: Wally Hammond, whom he dismissed 10 times. He died in Durban in 1968.
West Indies took the field in a Test without Garry Sobers for the first time in 18 years today. This first Test against Australia in Jamaica, which was drawn, was notable for a brutal 142 from Keith Stackpole. In particular he got stuck into quick bowler Uton Dowe, leading to some of the crowd erecting banners announcing an 11th commandment: "Dowe Shall Not Bowl."
The start of England's tour of West Indies, and a shock victory. Nobody gave England much hope in the first one-day international in Barbados, but Mike Atherton - in his first one-dayer for nearly three years - anchored them to 202 for 5 before Devon Malcolm (3 for 41), Chris Lewis (3 for 18) and Alan Igglesden (2 for 12) bowled them to a famous win.
Birth of the man who invented the chinaman. Trinidadian Ellis "Puss" Achong was a slow left-armer of Chinese extraction, from whom the expression for the left-arm spinner's wrong 'un is believed to originate. The story goes that, in the second Test at Old Trafford in 1933, he had Walter Robins stumped. Robins left the crease cursing, "Fancy being out to a bloody Chinaman," to which Learie Constantine replied: "Do you mean the bowler or the ball?" Achong played six Tests without much success, although he did find the Lancashire Leagues more conducive to his art: he took over 1000 wickets there.
A double international is born. Surrey's Andy Ducat played one Test in 1921 - the call came as such a surprise that he thought the telegram was a wind-up - and six matches for England's football team in the old half-back position. He also led Aston Villa to victory in the 1920 FA Cup final. Ducat died at Lord's in 1942, while batting in a match between Home Guard units.
1868 Albert Rose-Innes (South Africa)
1917 Jack Martin (England)
1931 Gamini Goonesena (Sri Lanka)
1946 Mevan Pieris (Sri Lanka)
1978 Suresh Perera (Sri Lanka)
1989 Kyle Jarvis (Zimbabwe)
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February 17 down the years
South Africa's Superman
Birth of AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers: where does one bowl to him?
An acrobatic fielder and flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman is born. AB de Villiers was destined to be a sportsman - such was his natural talent that tennis, golf, cricket or rugby could have been his calling. Cricket won, and by the age of 21 he was being hailed as "the future" in South Africa. After a bright start to his career in 2004, there were a couple of years when he sparkled only intermittently but 2008 turned out to be memorable. He made a double-hundred against India, and his match-winning knocks of 174 at Headingley and 106 not out in Perth paved the way for historic Test series wins in England and Australia. In 2010, de Villiers broke Gary Kirsten's record for the highest South African score, making an unbeaten 278 against Pakistan. The year after, he was named the limited-overs captain. Early in 2015, he broke the world record for the fastest ODI ton, scored off 31 balls, and the fastest one-day 150, off 64 balls, cementing his reputation as perhaps the most versatile and destructive batsman of the 2010s. In January 2016, de Villiers was handed the Test captaincy, but his reign was short-lived - injury kept him out of action for the second half of the year and Faf du Plessis' excellent job as stand-in meant the mantle was passed on to him.
A big day in Sri Lanka. Their life as the eighth Test-playing nation began today in Colombo with a one-off Test against England. Sri Lanka made a good fist of it too: England only managed a first-innings lead of 5, and with Sri Lanka 167 for 3 in their second innings, things were getting interesting. Then John Emburey broke the habit of a lifetime and took a match-winning five-for, Sri Lanka lost seven wickets for eight runs, and England breezed home by seven wickets. An 18-year-old student called Arjuna Ranatunga was in the Sri Lankan side, and made 54 in the first innings.
Birth of the greatest wicketkeeper of all time, according to the greatest cricketer of all time. Australian Don Tallon was given the gloves in Don Bradman's slightly woolly XI, but disputes over Tallon's presence had nothing to do with his ability behind the stumps. In an age when keepers kept and batsmen scored runs, Tallon was able to get away with a batting average of 17 because he was so precise and deft a keeper. His attacking style with the bat occasionally came off too, most notably when he hammered a run-a-minute 92 against England in Melbourne in 1946-47. He died in his native Queensland in 1984.
You wouldn't have forecast million-dollar leagues and biennial world championships based on the first T20 international, played today between Australia and New Zealand in Auckland. The format felt ultra-modern but the New Zealand players went retro with beige uniforms and fake moustaches and wigs. Glenn McGrath even pretended to bowl the final ball underarm, in a reference to the Trevor Chappell incident of 1981. And though Australia's victory owed to a very T20 innings by Ricky Ponting - 98 off 55 balls - and a great swing bowling spell by Michael Kasprowicz, the gimmicky tone was hard to ignore. "I think it is difficult to play seriously," Ponting said after the game. "If it does become an international game then I'm sure the novelty won't be there all the time."
The start of a one-off Test between Australia and England in Sydney, played on four separate wickets - one for each innings. The experiment was agreed as the game was a last-minute addition to the schedule because the best-of-three series had already been won by England. Australia triumphed by four wickets.
At the end of the longest rubber in Test history, England won the seventh Test against Australia, in Sydney by 62 runs to take the series 2-0 and regain the Ashes. This despite, quite astonishingly, not a single lbw decision being given against an Australian batsman in the whole series. This match - Ian Chappell's first as captain, after Bill Lawry was dumped - was notable for crowd trouble on the second day, after John Snow felled Terry Jenner, which led to Ray Illingworth taking his team off the field.
Another Australian wicketkeeper is born. Barry Jarman started off as understudy to Wally Grout before playing 19 Tests between 1959 and 1969. Nimble despite his 13 stone-plus frame, he was a very good keeper and a dangerous lower-order hitter who made two Test fifties. Jarman later became a Test umpire and an ICC referee, and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1997.
The second of the back-to-back Trinidad Tests produced another three-wicket win, and another instance of the fourth innings being the highest of the match. But this time it was England who were celebrating, after Mark Butcher and Dean Headley got them drip by drip to their target of 225 in a tense finish. Another heroic performance from Angus Fraser, who took nine wickets to go with his 11 in the first match, was complemented by a brilliant display from Alec Stewart (44 and 83 in a match where there was only one other fifty).
New Zealand opener Rodney Redmond made a blistering two-hour 107 on this day in his first Test innings, against Pakistan in Auckland. He added 56 in the second innings to complete an outstanding debut, but the dream soon turned into a nightmare: Redmond never played a Test again. He toured England the following summer but had problems with his new contact lenses - and the one-eyed Kiwi selectors, who were influenced by his poor early-tour form and didn't pick him for the Tests.
New Zealand's first innings victory. Those great travellers India were the victims in Wellington, with Richard Hadlee taking 4 for 35 and then 7 for 23 as India were bowled out for 220 and 81. This was also the last Test of Ken Wadsworth's career: he extended the New Zealand wicketkeeping record for dismissals to 96, but six months later he died of cancer aged only 29.
Aged 47 years and 240 days, Nolan Clarke became the oldest player to make his ODI debut when he appeared against New Zealand in Vadodara during Netherlands' first World Cup game. Clarke, opening the batting, scored 14.
The first Test at the SCG. Australia won by five wickets to take a 1-0 lead after offspinner Joey Palmer took 11 wickets (7 for 68 and 4 for 97) opening the bowling along with left-arm spinner Edwin Evans. England's George Ulyett was the top scorer with 67. His opening partner Dick Barlow was the only other batsman to get a half-century.
A polished right-hand batsman and sound wicketkeeper, Tony Blain, born today, suffered from being an almost permanent understudy, first to Ian Smith and then Adam Parore. He made his Test debut against England at The Oval in 1986 and scored a battling 37 but spilt a swirling skier from Ian Botham. He next played twice against India in 1988-89, and had a final eight-match run in the side in 1992 with home and away matches against Australia and a tour to Pakistan. He also played 38 ODIs. After retiring, Blain did some coaching and commentary work.
Ryan Hinds, who was born today, captained the West Indian side in the 2000 Under-19 World Cup. And while Desmond Haynes said his batting technique was the best in the Caribbean, Hinds made news with his left-arm spin, taking 15 wickets against the Leeward Islands in the 2001 Busta Cup, including 9 for 68 in the first innings. He scored a half-century on Test debut in 2002 but failed to be consistent after that. He waited three years for a recall - against Sri Lanka in 2008 - and nearly took a break from the game. In 2009 he played against Bangladesh after the senior players went on strike.
Birth of England legspinner Adil Rashid, who burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old with seven wickets against Warwickshire on first-class debut. Handed an England cap in 2009, he developed into a steady limited-overs performer. Rashid's Test debut came in 2015, against Pakistan in the UAE, and on England's miserable 2016 Test tour of India, he emerged with 23 wickets, albeit at an average of 37.43 and with diminishing returns as the series wore on.
1898 Tom Lowry (New Zealand)
1936 Peter Walker (England)
1937 Ray Jordon (Australia)
1940 Dennis Gamsy (South Africa)
1972 Helen Watson (England)
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February 18 down the years
An unwanted nose job
Gatting wears one from Marshall
Mike Gatting: Injury plus insult
The day Mike Gatting's nose went west. In the first one-day international against West Indies at Sabina Park, Gatting, sporting a helmet with no visor, wore a short one from Malcolm Marshall right on the bridge of the nose. To add insult to injury, the ball trickled onto the stumps and bowled him. Marshall later found a piece of bone embedded in the ball. It led to a famous exchange at Heathrow Airport, where a battered and bruised Gatting was asked by a journalist "where exactly on the nose" the ball had hit him. As for the match, England were never in it once Tim Robinson and David Gower went without scoring, and West Indies eased home by six wickets with 13 balls to spare.
An oddball is born. The eccentric Ciss Parkin's Test career was ended when he criticised the England captain in a newspaper article, and his county career when he fell out publicly with the Lancashire committee. Parkin played once for Yorkshire before it was discovered he had been born 20 yards outside the county boundary, didn't play again until he was signed by Lancashire eight seasons later (by which time he was 28), and was 35 when he committed to full-time county cricket. An offspinner who was always experimenting, he took 32 wickets in ten Tests, and 1048 wickets at 17.58 in a six year first-class career
A curious career for Phil DeFreitas, who was born today. In his pomp, notably the home summers of 1991 and 1994, he looked irresistible, combining nip with sharp movement off the seam and in the air. One of those bowlers who seemed to beat the bat too often for it just to be bad luck, he was much less effective overseas, where he managed 56 wickets (against 84 in England), at an average of 39 (29) and with a strike rate of a wicket every 84 balls (60). For such a clean striker his batting never really developed, though nobody will ever forget his match-winning assault in Adelaide in 1994-95, nor his momentum-switching battering of Allan Donald with Darren Gough at The Oval the previous summer.
A personal triumph for Mike Atherton, and a rare overseas win for England. Fourteen months on from his Johannesburg heroics he gave another remarkable display of concentration and class - but this time it was a match-winning one. England went into the third and final Test against New Zealand in Christchurch 1-0 up, and without Atherton's 94 not out and 118 they would almost certainly have lost. Instead they successfully chased 305 to win by four wickets, only the second time England had exceeded 300 in the fourth innings of a Test.
Birth of Pakistan's first world-class quick bowler. Though a right-arm seamer, Fazal Mahmood was in many ways the Chaminda Vaas of his day, except he had no Murali for support, and to end with an average of 24.71 was outstanding. He was quite English in style - he was known as "the Alec Bedser of Pakistan" - and was especially deadly on matting surfaces. Fazal's most celebrated performance came at The Oval in 1954, when he took 6 for 53 and 6 for 46 in Pakistan's first win over England, a thrilling, series-squaring 24-run triumph. He bowled 28% of his Test victims, which, along with an economy rate of 2.1 runs per over shows just how accurate a bowler he was.
For such a magnificent player, Garry Sobers the captain made some duff decisions. He was the man who declared when England won by seven wickets in Trinidad in 1967-68, and on this day his decision to put Australia in backfired with a thumping 382-run defeat. This after the Aussies smashed 619 in the first innings. Doug Walters cracked 242 and 103, making it four hundreds in five innings, and West Indies - who went into this final Test 2-1 down in the series - were left to chase the small matter of 735 to win. Sobers made 113, but this one was beyond even him.
Kenya's introduction to international cricket wasn't disastrous by minnow standards. They lost but managed to bat out 50 overs. Steve Tikolo scored 65 in their 199 against India in a World Cup match in Cuttack. Then Sachin Tendulkar and Ajay Jadeja took the game away with a 163-run opening stand - then India's highest partnership in World Cups - and India won by seven wickets. Eleven days later Kenya registered the shock of the tournament, beating West Indies by 73 runs - their only win of the tournament.
Birth of that hearty allrounder Barry Knight, who played 29 Tests for England in the 1960s. He passed 50 twice in Tests and converted both into centuries: 125 against New Zealand in Auckland in 1962-63 and 127 against India in Kanpur a year later. But though Knight's average with the ball (31.75) was pretty respectable, he had a Hendrickian inability to take a five-for, managing none in 29 Tests.
Test debuts for the fearsome West Indian pace duo of Joel Garner and Colin Croft against Pakistan, and though they shared 13 wickets, West Indies came perilously close to losing their first Test in Barbados for 40 years. Their last pair - Croft and Andy Roberts - survived the last 20 overs plus 15 minutes, as Imran Khan and Sarfraz Nawaz homed in for the kill.
A South African Test batsman and England rugby captain is born in Cape Town. Tuppy Owen-Smith played five Tests, all in England in 1929, and made a dashing 129 from No. 7 at Headingley. He later qualified as a doctor of medicine at St Mary's Hospital in London, during which time he won 10 rugby caps for England at fullback. Owen-Smith died in Cape Town in 1990.
Birth of the most toothless bowler in Test history. Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Roger Wijesuriya played four Tests between 1982 and 1986, and had a strike rate of a wicket every 586 balls. On average it took Wijesuriya 97 overs to take a wicket. In other words, if he bowled at both ends throughout a five-day Test, the opposition would be only four down at the end of the match... and they would have scored 1355 runs.
The day New Zealand cheered their first triple-centurion. Brendon McCullum brought the country to its feet with a tenacious 302 and helped his side to a hard-fought draw against India in Wellington, which gave them a series win. Having been bowled out for 192 in the first innings, New Zealand overcame a 246-run deficit to post a mammoth 680 for 8 declared in the second dig. McCullum shared a record sixth-wicket partnership with BJ Watling and then saw James Neesham reel off a century on debut from No. 8. India batted out a little over two sessions, with Virat Kohli bringing up a steady century.
1864 Roland Pope (Australia)
1948 Bruce Francis (Australia)
1979 Tinu Yohannan (India)
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A Beefy masterclass
The Golden Jubilee Test, starring Ian Botham
Ian Botham: a century, a 13-wicket haul, and still thirsting for more
A magnificent solo in the Golden Jubilee Test against India in Bombay from the inimitable IT Botham, who became the first man to score a century and take ten wickets in a Test with a mighty performance. He took 6 for 58 and 7 for 48, and in between smacked a decisive 114 (nobody else reached 50 in the match), adding 171 for the sixth wicket with Bob Taylor, who also set a new Test record by taking ten catches in the match (overtaken by Jack Russell in 1995-96). In statistical terms, this was Botham's zenith: after 25 Tests, he had made 1336 runs at an average of 40 and taken 139 wickets at a cost of 18.
A riot in Calcutta. Nothing to do with Sachin Tendulkar's willow-wielding, but instead a response to him being controversially run out in the Asian Test Championship match against Pakistan. It wasn't the only one: as Pakistan moved towards victory on the final day, there was a three-hour delay as all spectators were removed from the ground. Pakistan's win owed most to a blistering 188 not out from Saeed Anwar, and came in spite of 13 wickets from Javagal Srinath. It was some comeback too: on the first morning they had been 26 for 6.
Birth of the new Bradman. That's how Norman O'Neill was hyped when he burst onto the scene in the late 1950s, but despite a Test average of 45, the tag inevitably proved to be a millstone round his neck. His high point came in the tied Test against West Indies in 1960-61, when he belted a Test-best 181, and at his peak O'Neill could be a devastating strokemaker, particularly off the back foot. He was also 12th man in the official New South Wales team of the 20th century. He died in 2008 aged 71.
Doug Walters scored a career-best 250 in Christchurch, batting for six and a half hours on this day. Gary Gilmour made 101 and the two added 217 - still an Australian record for the seventh wicket - to take the side to 552, after which New Zealand just managed to save the follow-on with one wicket in hand. It was also Ewen Chatfield's first match after his horrific head injury two years earlier. Australia set New Zealand a target of 350 and Bev Congdon's unbeaten century, along with Dayle Hadlee's 52-minute vigil, helped the hosts cling on for a draw after they lost eight wickets in the second innings.
They had claimed Bangladesh's scalp in their first World Cup match for 24 years, but by their third fixture Canada reverted to more familiar territory. Against Sri Lanka in Paarl, they were bowled out for 36 - back then the lowest total in ODI history, and nine runs worse than their previous record low in a World Cup, 45 against England at Old Trafford in 1979. Their innings lasted for 18.4 overs, included five ducks and not a single score in double figures, and Sri Lanka rattled to victory inside five overs.
In the first 120 years of Test cricket, no side came from behind to win a three-Test series overseas. On this day Pakistan managed it with a 99-run win over Zimbabwe in Harare. The Pakistanis had Inzamam-ul-Haq to thank: in a low-scoring match where only one other batsman passed 50, his meaty knocks of 101 and 83 made all the difference.
Pakistan prevailed in a low-scoring final against India to win the Under-19 World Cup by 38 runs in Colombo. Legspinner Piyush Chawla took 4 for 8 and Pakistan were bowled out for 109. But the total proved more than sufficient when India fell to 8 for 4 in the second over and then 9 for 6 by the fourth. Right-arm medium-fast bowler Anwar Ali took three in his first over and 5 for 35 overall as India's top seven failed to reach double figures. Chawla's unbeaten 25 was the top score of the innings, which lasted just 18.5 overs.
Birth of Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali who started off with six half-centuries in his first ten Tests and another seven - plus a hundred - in his next ten. He showed sound temperament, batting more than four hours for 68 after Pakistan had conceded a first-innings lead against England in Abu Dhabi - a match Pakistan eventually won after bowling England out for 72. A dip in form resulted in him being dropped in 2013 but Azhar returned in style, scoring a brisk hundred to help Pakistan chase 302 in 57.3 overs and square the series against Sri Lanka. He was out of the one-day team for more than two years but, surprisingly, was appointed ODI captain in his recall in 2015. The same year, he scored 226 in Mirpur. The next year Azhar became the fourth Pakistan batsman to score a Test triple-hundred - 302 not out against West Indies. Two months later, on his first tour of Australia, he made a Test double-century at the MCG, and stepped down from the one-day captaincy at the end of the tour after Pakistan lost the ODI series 4-1.
The first day of the Test leg of England's tour of the Caribbean got off to a flier when Mike Atherton and Alec Stewart added 121 in comfortable style for the first wicket. Then the roof caved in. England were all out for 234, West Indies piled up a big lead despite sliding to 23 for 3, and England went down by eight wickets.
A cricketing farmer is born. Jack "Farmer" White didn't turn it much for a left-arm spin bowler, instead relying on accuracy and variations of pace. He served England well between the reigns of Wilfred Rhodes and Hedley Verity, playing 14 of his 15 Tests after the age of 37. His finest hour came in the steaming heat of Adelaide in 1928-29, when his match figures were 124.5-37-256-13 in England's 12-run victory. His second-innings 8 for 126 is fourth in the Wisden 100.
Ruwan Kalpage, born today, was a combative allrounder in domestic cricket in Sri Lanka but struggled at the Test level. While he scored over 5800 runs at 34.16 and took 427 wickets at 22.71 with his offbreaks in first-class matches, he made only 294 at 18.37 and took just 12 wickets in 11 Tests. His opportunities were also limited by the emergence of legspinner Upul Chandana. After quitting the game in 1999, he assisted Trevor Chappell as Sri Lanka's fielding coach before taking over the role in 2001. He also coached U-15, U-19 and A teams.
1909 Charlie Walker (Australia)
1956 Steve Randell (Australia)
1965 John Commins (South Africa)
1969 Warren Wisneski (New Zealand)
1972 Lucy Pearson (England)
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February 20 down the years
The fastest Test hundred
Brendon McCullum hits 54-ball century beating Viv Richards (56 ball) and Misbah (56) by two balls.
Brendon McCullum said goodbye to international cricket by breaking the record for fastest Test hundred by two balls - 54 to the 56 the joint holders at the time, Viv Richards and Misbah-ul-Haq had taken - in Christchurch against Australia. Coming in to bat at 32 for 3 on a lively pitch, McCullum hit his second ball for four. Then with 15 minutes left for lunch, he took Mitchell Marsh for 21 runs in an over. He was caught off a no-ball on 39, and responded with a six and two fours from his next five balls. McCullum took New Zealand to 370, but centuries from Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja gave Australia a series-winning lead.
One of the greatest bowling performances in Test history: Hugh Tayfield's match-winning effort in the fourth Test against England in Johannesburg on this day. England needed 232 to take a 3-0 lead with one to play and were cruising at 147 for 2, but Tayfield chipped away and ended up with 9 for 113. He bowled throughout the last day, sending down 35 eight-ball overs in a row. With England still 17 runs adrift, Tayfield had Peter Loader caught on the boundary by his brother Arthur, who was fielding as substitute. "Toey" was chaired off the field, and for good measure he took a six-for in the next match to give South Africa an unlikely share of the series.
The end of the road for two of Australia's greatest cricketers. Neil Harvey finished off with a brace of twenties, and Alan Davidson with six wickets, in the drawn fifth Test against England in Sydney. The series ended 1-1: the first five-match series in Australia to be drawn. Harvey closed with 6149 runs, and Davidson with 1328 runs and 186 wickets, the last - AC Smith, caught by Bobby Simpson - with his final ball.
Graeme Hick turned his long-overdue maiden Test hundred into an outstanding 178 in Bombay. Assertive, clean and at times brutal, it was a showcase of everything that was good about Hick. But three Tests later he was dropped. His fault or the selectors'? When you look at his post-178, pre-axe scores, you'd have to say the latter: 47, 68, 26, 34, 22, 20 and 64. As for the match, England's ignominious spinwash (46 wickets out of 60 fell to Anil Kumble, Venkatapathy Raju and Rajesh Chauhan) was completed by another innings defeat. Vinod Kambli (remember him?) trumped Hick by turning his maiden Test ton into 224.
A rotund offspinner is born. It's hard to imagine Eddie Hemmings thriving in the modern, three-dimensional era, but in his day he served England well. Six of his 16 Tests came in his Indian summer of 1990, when he took his only five-for to help England to an important win over New Zealand, and was famously belted for four successive sixes by Kapil Dev at Lord's. He could bat too, and made 95 as a nightwatchman in Sydney in 1982-83.
The seventh-highest first-class innings of all time. Pakistani Aftab Baloch amassed the small matter of 428, batting for Sind against Baluchistan today. Baloch was already familiar with the record books: when he made his Test debut, aged 16 years 221 days, he was the second-youngest player in Test history. He averaged 48.5 but played only two Tests, and ended with a blistering 60 not out against West Indies in Lahore in 1974-75, a match that finished today and is better remembered for...
... a match-saving debut century for left-handed West Indian opener Len Baichan. Baichan batted throughout the last day, ending unbeaten on 105, and seemed to be set for a long career at the top. Not so. Roy Fredericks was already established, and with Gordon Greenidge also just on the scene, Baichan was left looking for scraps. He found some in the last Test in Australia that winter, when he was pitched in against Lillee and Thomson at No. 3, but scores of 3 and 20 were his last entries at the top level. He finished with an average of 46.
Australian fast bowler Clint McKay, born today, picked up three wickets in his first match, in Hyderabad, in 2009, including that of Sachin Tendulkar, who had scored 175 in a losing cause. McKay carried his form into the home series against Pakistan, finishing as the leading wicket-taker with 14 from five matches. In between he also made his Test debut, in Perth against West Indies, but due to stiff competition for fast-bowling slots, he was shunted back into a limited-overs role. In the third CB Series final, against Sri Lanka, in 2012, McKay took a match-winning 5 for 28.
England allrounder Ben Stokes became the IPL's highest-paid overseas signing when he was bought for US$2.16 million by Rising Pune Supergiants in the tenth auction. Fellow Englishman, fast bowler Tymal Mills, was bought for $1.8 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore - the most paid for a specialist bowler. It was also a big pay day for 18-year-old Afghanistan lespinner Rashid Khan, who was picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for $595,000. The more experienced Indian players got no bids - Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Pragyan Ojha, Cheteshwar Pujara, Parvez Rasool and RP Singh were unsold - while several uncapped players were picked up at high prices. Fast bowler Mohammad Siraj was bought by Sunrisers for $390,000, left-arm seamer Aniket Choudhary by RCB for $300,000, K Gowtham by Mumbai Indians for $300,000, T Natarajan by Kings XI Punjab for $445,000, Basil Thampi by Gujarat Lions for $125,000 and M Ashwin by Delhi Daredevils for $150,000. Among capped Indian players, Karn Sharma was bought by Mumbai for $475,000 and Varun Aaron by Kings XI for $415,000.
1857 Bunny Lucas (England)
1873 Dante Parkin (South Africa)
1926 Ted Meuli (New Zealand)
1976 Akhtar Sarfraz (Pakistan)
1976 Rohan Gavaskar (India)
1973 Rohan Alexander (USA)
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