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Colin Cowdrey became the key man to play a hundred Assessments © Getty Pictures

An Edgbaston fairy memoir. England started the third Take a look at in opposition to Australia – and Colin Cowdrey became the key man to originate a hundred Take a look at appearances. He marked it with his 21st Take a look at century. At the terminate of this predominant day Cowdrey used to be 95 no longer out, but after 30 tense minutes on the 2nd morning, he reached a well-liked hundred. It would have to had been written in the heavens: he even survived pulling a muscle and having Geoff Boycott as a runner for 1/2 his innings.

English audiences saw quite rather a lot of Don Bradman down the years, but he used to be by no arrangement higher than this. On the key day of the third Take a look at, at Headingley, Bradman lashed an unbeaten 309 in Australia’s big 458 for Three. By arrangement of time, his double-century is the quickest in Take a look at history at 214 minutes. He used to be handiest the third man to originate a century sooner than lunch on the key day of a Take a look at, and remains the most helpful man to originate 300 in a day. Bradman lastly went for 334. It used to be his top Take a look at find – despite the truth that he rated his 254 at Lord’s in 1930 bigger.

An unexpected take hold of for England in the hole Take a look at of the 2015 Ashes, in Cardiff. All the pre-series talk, which centred on Australian dominance, used to be given the lie when England received by 169 runs inside of four days. It started with Joe Root’s century, giving his team a stable first-innings lead of 122. Mitchell Johnson had a wretched game with the ball, on a slowish pitch, and a dreary Australia were situation 412. At 122 for 6 on the fourth day, an early manufacture looked inevitable, and so it proved, with Root figuring in the final three wickets, ­as bowler in two.

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Fresh Zealand’s most productive legspinner is born. No Kiwi leggie has bigger than Jack Alabaster‘s forty nine Take a look at wickets, despite the truth that they did reach at a price of nearly forty every. Alabaster’s 21 Assessments were spread over Sixteen years, and he by no arrangement took a five-for. His finest performance used to be in Cape Town in 1961-sixty two, when he bowled South Africa to defeat with a pair of four-fors. That used to be his finest series: in five Assessments he took 22 wickets.

One more Antipodean leggie is born. Jim Higgs played all of his 22 Assessments between 1977-Seventy eight and 1980-81, and used to be doubtlessly Australia’s finest wristspinner between Richie Benaud and Shane Warne. Take care of Warne, Higgs struggled in opposition to India: in opposition to all people else he averaged lower than 29; in opposition to India, forty seven. But he did take hold of his finest figures in opposition to India – 7 for 143 in Chennai in 1979-eighty. Extra peculiarly, he used to be bowled by the most helpful ball he confronted on the 1975 tour of England. He later became a Take a look at selector.

The major identified ten-for. Kent’s Edmund Hinkly took 10 for Forty eight in opposition to an England XI at Lord’s. He’d taken six in the key innings to boot, but no topic being skittled for a hundred and twenty and seventy four, England received by Fifty five runs.

Delivery of the man who “cannot bowl, cannot throw”. Queensland quick bowler Scott Muller‘s two Assessments will constantly be remembered for a sound-outcomes mike picking up any individual – allegedly Shane Warne – asserting that Muller would perhaps perchance well now not bowl or field. Warne denied it, and it used to be later attributed to a Channel Nine cameraman. By the time this took plan, Muller used to be bowling India out in a tour match for Queensland, and making barbed feedback to Warne by approach to the stump mike.

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One more Australian who had a fractious relationship with his team-mates is born. Peter McAlister used to be a titanic true-hand batsman who played eight Assessments with miniature impact but is finest remembered for a punch-up with his captain Clem Hill. When he used to be appointed chairman of selectors, McAlister persuaded his colleagues to send him to England as Monty Generous’s vice-captain in 1909. He bore his team-mates miniature goodwill, and at forty he used to be previous his high and did no longer originate a century on the day out. Three years later, his considerations with the new leader, Hill, came to a head at a range meeting, when Hill punched McAlister on the nostril.

Other birthdays
1893 Jack Durston (England)
1913 Paul Gibb (England)
1951 Sridharan Jeganathan (Sri Lanka)
1961 Sarah Potter (England)
1970 Pubudu Dassanayake (Sri Lanka)

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