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    India's second great Lord's heist

    Nineteen years on from their greatest triumph - the humbling of West Indies in the 1983 World Cup final - India returned to Lord's for another, no less astonishing, victory. This time, against England in the final of the NatWest Series, India did not start the match as rank outsiders, although the prospect of a tenth consecutive one-day final defeat weighed heavily on the players' minds. And at 146 for 5 chasing 326 for victory, with Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid all back in the pavilion, the contest was as good as over. But nobody, it seemed, had bothered to inform Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh (combined age 41). The pair added 121 in 106 balls to haul India back into contention, before Kaif sealed a two-wicket win with three balls to spare.

    Bill Roe set the record for the highest individual innings when he made 415 for Emmanuel College against Caius College in Cambridge. Roe batted for five and a half hours, ran 705 runs and did not give a chance until past his second century. At the close, he complained to the scorer that he made his tally 416... whoever was right, it was better than when he played the day before.

    An unsung hero is born. Of the big shots in West Indies' heavyweight 1980s side, Hilary Angelo Gomes (you can see why he was called "Larry") was the one most likely to escape the autograph hunters. But he added a crucial element of sobriety to the batting line-up, and was a watertight presence at No. 3 or 4. Packer gave him the chance to break into the Test team, and he took it with two centuries against Australia in 1977-78. Indeed six of Gomes' nine Test hundreds came against the Aussies - in Australia he averaged 70 - none better than a diligent 127 on a Perth flyer in 1984-85. That was the third of four centuries in eight Tests in 1984, two of them in England. His average hovered tantalisingly above 40 until his last Test appearance, against New Zealand in Christchurch in 1986-87, when scores of 8 and 33 dropped it just below. This all looked very unlikely during an early three-year spell at Middlesex, when Gomes failed to make a century.

    From a prosaic left-hander to a stereotypical one. Just over a year after his Test debut, David Gower carved a regal unbeaten 200 against India at Edgbaston. Already he was building a reputation for himself - the Wisden Almanack said he was "less aggressive than usual" - but his double-hundred still came off only 279 balls, as England careered to 633 for 5.

    Birth of one of the last orthodox slow left-armers to play a Test for Australia. The Victorian Ray Bright's last series was in India in 1986-87 - he took 5 for 94 in the second innings of the tied Test in Madras - and he had the misfortune to ply his trade during Australia's nadir in the 1980s. The Aussies won only two of Bright's 25 Tests, and in Australia he averaged 68.

    A more productive Australian spinner is born. Ashley Mallett was the best Australian offspinner of the 20th century, in terms of output. He took 132 wickets from 38 Tests, 74 of them in victories. All of his six five-fors came in his first 13 Tests. The last of them, 8 for 59 against Pakistan in Adelaide in 1972-73, remain the best figures by a finger-spinner in a Test in Australia. Mallett later became a journalist, and wrote biographies of Victor Trumper and Clarrie Grimmett.

    A prophecy comes true. With Pakistan in a desperate situation on day one of the Test in Colombo, Younis Khan taped a note on a ball that read something like "Fawad Alam will score a hundred." Fawad got out for 16 and Pakistan for 90, so Younis put the ball away. But the next day a fightback was launched. First, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal took four each to bowl Sri Lanka out for 240. Then Fawad did as his captain had predicted and helped his side wipe off the first-innings deficit on his way to becoming the first Pakistan batsman to score a century on overseas debut. But while Fawad went on to make 168, and Younis 82, the rest of the batting order collapsed spectacularly - at lunch on day three, they were 294 for 2; by tea, Sri Lanka were 41 runs into their chase of 171 (which they completed the same day). Sri Lanka won the series 2-0.

    For a side that has won the World Cup twice, India were actually quite slow to join cricket's pyjama party. On this day at Headingley they played their first one-day international, the last of the (then) six Test-playing nations to do so. They put up a decent fight, equalling the then-highest innings total (265) before John Edrich (90 off 97 balls) and Tony Greig (40 off 28) thumped England to a four-wicket victory.

    Birth of the hearty South Australian seamer Eric Freeman. He played 11 Tests between 1967-68 and 1969-70, peaking with 4 for 52 against West Indies on his home ground in Adelaide in 1968-69. He was dropped for good after Australia's humbling in South Africa a year later.

    Francois du Plessis, or Faf, born today, was called up to the national side after a stunning domestic season in South Africa in 2010-11, when he topped the limited-overs run charts with 567 runs from ten matches. He made his ODI debut in the home series against India in 2010-11 and played in the World Cup soon after. But it was in Test cricket that du Plessis made his name, as a batsman who could hunker down under pressure: on debut in Adelaide in 2012, he batted over 11 hours (across two innings) and scored a century at No. 7 to save the Test; in the next match in Perth, his 78 prevented a collapse in the first innings and South Africa went on to win the Test and the series. In 2013 he was appointed South Africa's T20 captain. In the Johannesburg Test in December that year, he gave India a terrible fright by batting six and a half hours for his hundred and nearly pulling off a chase of 458. But when South Africa toured India in 2015-16, du Plessis managed only 60 runs from seven innings. He top-scored for his side in the 2015 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, but ended up on the losing side.

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    England edge a thriller
    The Ashes get off to a screamer
    James Anderson got the final wicket of Brad Haddin, thanks to DRS

    The end of a nail-biting Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. Chasing 311, Australia were tottering at 231 for 9 when James Pattinson joined Brad Haddin to defy England's bowlers. The two shared a thrilling 65-run stand before James Anderson's tenth wicket of the match - an thin edge to the keeper that was denied by the on-field umpire and overturned after a DRS review - helped England win by 14 runs. Earlier in the game, 19-year-old Ashton Agar had made a swashbuckling 98 on debut in the first innings - the highest score by a No. 11 in Tests.

    At Headingley, the beginning of a swift and famous one-handed demolition job. With his left thumb in plaster, and having been advised not to play cricket for ten days, Malcolm Marshall came in at No. 11 to shepherd Larry Gomes to a century - he even swished one to third man for four - and then shattered England's second innings. Marshall took 7 for 53, operating off a shorter run-up, as England subsided from 104 for 2 to 159 all out. Wisden Cricket Monthly described his performance as: "Fairytale or nightmare, take your choice." For England, the nightmare was just beginning - they were two Tests away from being blackwashed for the first time
    A nuggety left-hander is born. Hashan Tillakaratne's career at the highest level looked to be over until he was recalled to the Sri Lankan side in 2001-02. Then came the purplest of patches. In five Tests against India, Bangladesh and West Indies, he made 549 runs and was dismissed only once. An accumulator who acted as a complement to the likes of Aravinda de Silva and Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne could be very hard to shift when set - almost a fifth of his Test innings were not out. He was surprisingly handed the captaincy of the Test side after Sanath Jayasuriya stepped down, but his ten-match tenure produced just one win, and his leadership style was criticised for being too defensive. Following a 0-3 series whitewash against Australia he stepped down in March 2004; he wasn't picked for the subsequent tour of Zimbabwe.

    Birth of the first Papua New Guinean-born Welshman to keep wicket for England. Geraint Jones learnt his game while training as a pharmacist in Australia, and didn't come to the attention of the England selectors until he had turned 27. But with England still floundering for a successor to the stalwart Alec Stewart, Jones' breezy counterattacking style ticked all the right boxes with the coach, Duncan Fletcher, who backed him through thick and often thin from the moment he made his debut in Antigua in April 2004. His reward was the tumbling catch that sealed a famous two-run win at Edgbaston in August 2005, which ignited the greatest Ashes series of them all.

    The slowest torture for Essex in Leyton, as Yorkshire's Hedley Verity skittled them for 104 and 64 - in the same day. Verity took 8 for 47 and 9 for 44, and even though he took 15 wickets five times in his career, he never bettered his 17 for 91 here. The only man to reach 20 for Essex was Dudley Pope. He made 34 in the first innings - and was run out.

    A remarkable day in Leicester, where 633 runs were scored on the second day of Leicestershire's game against Middlesex. Middlesex captain Bill Edrich led the way with a career-best 257, Denis Compton chipped in with 151 - the pair adding 277 in 131 minutes - as Middlesex declared on 637 for 4. Leicestershire closed on 130 for 2. Middlesex won the match with four minutes to spare, smacking 66 in 21 minutes.

    Ian Bell became the seventh batsman to be dismissed for 199 on this day. And to make things worse, despite his mammoth score, England couldn't win this Lord's Test against South Africa. After declaring at 593 for 8 (Kevin Pietersen got 152 and Stuart Broad 76 from No. 8), England bowled South Africa out for 247. Ashwell Prince, who got a hundred, was the only batsman to score over 42. South Africa fought back somewhat more tenaciously in their follow-on, though. Graeme Smith, Neil McKenzie and Hashim Amla made hundreds to save the game. They won the next two Tests to take the series 2-1.

    Birth of a teenage one-cap wonder. Khalid Hasan was only 16 years 352 days old when he lined up for Pakistan against England at Trent Bridge in 1954. Four days later his Test career was over, after 17 runs, 2 for 116, and an innings defeat. One of his wickets was Denis Compton - bowled for 278. In all, Hasan played only 17 first-class matches, the last of them at the age of 21.

    A two-Test wonder is born. New Zealand batsman Peter Webb didn't have the best career - 11 runs (off 86 balls) at an average of 3.66 - but he picked a decent pair of Tests to appear in. In Dunedin in 1979-80, the Kiwis beat West Indies by one wicket, and in an ill-tempered second Test in Christchurch, Colin Croft had an infamous run-in with the umpire Fred Goodall. Webb was dropped for the last Test, but New Zealand drew the match and took the series. They were the last side to beat West Indies for 15 years.

    An all-run 10. Lancashire's Albert "Monkey" Hornby made 20 of his side's total of 100 against Surrey at The Oval - and half of his runs came in one fell swoop.

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    1863 Arthur Coningham (Australia)
    1964 Lee-Ann Hunter (Australia)
    1965 James Sutherland (Australia)
    1972 Claudine van de Kieft (Netherlands)
    1982 Ranjan Das (Bangladesh)

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    Fagg's unique double-hundreds
    Two doubles in a first-class match
    Arthur Fagg also played five Tests for England

    Kent's 23-year-old Arthur Fagg became the only man in history to score two double-centuries in a first-class match when he cracked 202 not out in two hours and 50 minutes against Essex in Colchester. He had already made a five-hour 244 on the first day, including a century before lunch. Less than 18 months earlier Fagg had returned early from the tour of Australia on a stretcher after contracting rheumatic fever, and subsequently missed the entire 1937 summer.

    An innings of spellbinding brilliance from Aravinda de Silva. Even though Kent were always behind the eight ball in the Benson & Hedges Cup final against Lancashire - they eventually lost by 35 runs - de Silva laced 112 off just 95 balls, including three sixes and 11 fours. It was a real I-was-there innings. He was the first man on a losing side to win the Gold Award in a B&H final, and the purity of his performance almost brought a tear to the eye.

    A muscular, bludgeoning fast bowler is born. Andre Nel had belied his conservative Afrikaans upbringing by amassing one of South African cricket's most chequered disciplinary records. His early career was blighted by a string of misdemeanours and it was during the home West Indies series in 2003-04, during which he got married, that he established himself as a permanent member of the Test team. He came into his own during the tour of Australia in 2005, where he was an intimidating presence with 14 wickets and an attacking mindset. But with South Africa settling on a young pace-bowling attack, led by Dale Steyn, opportunities were increasingly limited and Nel announced his international retirement in March 2009.

    Birth of the strapping Victorian fast bowler Alan Hurst, whose injury problems looked set to sentence him to one-cap-wonder status - until he made a successful return in the late 1970s. Hurst made his debut in 1973-74, against New Zealand in Adelaide, but was dropped after a modest performance. Four years later he returned to a Packer-gutted side, and he had a storming 1978-79 season. In six Ashes Tests he grabbed 25 wickets, even though a depleted Australia were hammered 1-5, and then blew Pakistan away with nine wickets in Perth.

    Birth of another Victorian who is a first-class accumulator and a T20 specialist. David Hussey, like his older brother Michael, had to score a mountain of runs on the domestic circuit before the selectors took notice. He made his T20 debut in early 2008 and was a surprise pick in that year's IPL auction - bought by Kolkata for US$625,000, much more than his brother or Ricky Ponting fetched. He started his one-day career with three half-centuries in five innings but struck a lean patch in 2009 before getting his first hundred, against Scotland.

    A modest return for Pakistani offspinner Haseeb Ahsan, who was born today. In 12 Tests he took 27 wickets at an average close to 50. His best figures came in Madras in 1960-61, when India piled up 539 and Ahsan took 84-19-202-6. He never bowled in a Test in England for fear that he would be no-balled for throwing, and was actually called against India in the first Test in Bombay in 1960-61. Ahsan returned to England as Pakistan's tour manager in 1987 and was also one of the most influential selectors in Pakistan. Ahsan died at the age of 73 in Karachi.

    A great day for Wisden - John Wisden, who bowled all ten batsmen in the second innings of the match between North and South at Lord's. It's the only instance of an all-bowled ten-for in a first-class match. In all, 30 wickets fell... and 25 of them were bowled. Of the other five, three were run out.

    South Africa's first captain is born. Owen Dunell's two Tests were South Africa's first two as well, against England in 1888-89. He was captain in Port Elizabeth but played only as a batsman in the match that followed, in Cape Town. He died in France in 1929.

    The last ball of a Benson & Hedges final, and Nottinghamshire needed four runs to beat Essex. Two 40-year-olds were in the thick of things: John Lever speared the final ball towards Eddie Hemmings' leg stump, but Hemmings managed to squeeze it square on the off side up the hill at Lord's for the winning boundary. A memorable three-wicket victory - and catharsis too: Notts had lost a famous NatWest Trophy final to Essex off the last ball four years earlier.

    The birth of a great cricket writer. Raymond Robertson-Glasgow, nicknamed "Crusoe", was a fast bowler for Oxford University and Somerset - in a career spanning 15 years - but he is most remembered for his writings on the game. He became a cricket correspondent in 1933 (for the Morning Post) and later wrote for the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, and the Sunday Times. He also authored many books, all of which were infused with an infallible sense of humour.

    An Afghanistan captain is born. Nawroz Mangal took over the captaincy in 2007 and was in charge when the team became the first Affiliate nation to gain ODI status at the 2009 World Cup Qualifiers, and when they qualified for the 2010 World T20. A right-hand middle-order batsman, Mangal scored his first ODI century in 2013, against Scotland in Sharjah. He handed the captaincy to Mohammad Nabi in 2010, before it was given back to him. He gave up the job again in 2013, to focus on his batting.

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    1909 John Cochran (South Africa)
    1955 Sunil Jayasinghe (Sri Lanka)
    1956 Harold Joseph (West Indies)
    1960 Gary Robertson (New Zealand)
    1976 Dinuka Hettiarachchi (Sri Lanka)
    1977 Caitriona Beggs (Ireland)

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    Shaun Pollock was the first South African to 400 Test wickets

    When he was captain, nobody in world cricket had as much on his plate as Shaun Pollock, who was born today. Captain, premier strike bowler, lower middle-order counterattacker, and possessor of one of cricket's more ginger tops, Pollock, son of Peter Pollock and nephew of Graeme, was the real deal from the moment he came in against England in 1995-96 and cracked 66 and took 4 for 34 on his one-day international debut, in Cape Town. A masterful wicket-to-wicket bowler, his average, when he passed the milestone, was the lowest of the 41 men to have taken 200 Test wickets. It was fitting, then, that he was the first South African to take 400 wickets. But his captaincy stint was far from memorable. South Africa suffered a first-round exit in their home World Cup after he miscalculated the D/L score required for them to beat West Indies - that was his final game as captain. He played his fourth World Cup in 2007 but was noticeably slower, and he retired from the game the following year.

    Stan McCabe, who was born today, loved mixing it with the fast bowlers, and in the first match of the 1932-33 Bodyline series, he walloped 187 not out in the first innings. No other Aussie managed even a half-century. McCabe was a batsman of the highest class, a brilliant hooker in particular. At Trent Bridge in 1938, he saved the match with a blistering 232 so good that it had even Don Bradman drooling. When McCabe returned to the dressing room, the Don said simply: "If I could play an innings like that, I'd be a proud man, Stan." McCabe died in Sydney in 1969

    At Taunton, Archie MacLaren completed a mighty 424 for Lancashire against Somerset, the highest score in first-class history at the time. It remained the highest in first-class cricket in England for 99 years... until Brian Lara shattered that, and a few other records besides, in 1994.

    An MCC president is born. John Warr would rather be remembered for that than his Test bowling average - it was 281. And his strike rate was a wicket every 584 balls - or 97 overs. Both were the worst in Test history until Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Roger Wijesuriya kindly plumbed new depths. In Warr's defence, he was still a Cambridge undergraduate when he was picked for those Tests, in Australia in 1950-51. Warr later captained Middlesex - cue the famous Brian Johnston joke: "Warr's declared", whereupon an old woman in the crowd wakes up and enquires, "Who against?"

    Against New Zealand at The Oval, Graeme Fowler and Chris Tavar? became the first England openers to score a century in the same Test innings for 23 years. And - shock, horror - Tavar?'s was the quicker: his 109 came off 259 balls, Fowler's 105 off 299. Mind you, it was Fowler's maiden Test hundred, so you can understand his watchfulness. Allan Lamb cracked 102 not out as well, as England eased home by 189 runs.
    Other birthdays

    1920 Anwar Hussain (Pakistan)
    1926 Hazel Sanders (England)
    1936 Venkataraman Subramanya (India)
    1976 Dale Richards (West Indies)
    1977 Sune van Zyl (South Africa)


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    Perfection in gauntlets

    Bob Taylor managed 57 Tests for England

    One of England's most accomplished wicketkeepers is born. It was Bob Taylor's misfortune that he was around at the same time as Alan Knott, and in an era when wicketkeepers were expected to deliver with the bat for the first time. Taylor couldn't - he made only three fifties in 57 Tests - but he could certainly keep. His glovework was near perfect at times, and nobody in history can match his 1649 dismissals (1473 caught, 176 stumped), most of them in a 28-year career with Derbyshire. Ten of those catches came in Bombay in the Golden Jubilee Test of 1979-80, when Taylor stole a bit of the limelight from Ian Botham. Taylor's last Test was in Pakistan in 1983-84, but two years later, against New Zealand at Lord's in 1986, he took over the gloves from the injured Bruce French. He was only at the match as a media relations officer for Cornhill Insurance, the sponsors.

    At Lord's, where six years ago they were crushed by the spot-fixing revelations, Pakistan lifted everyone's spirits with an emotional 75-run win over England, following which they trotted out a bespoke celebration routine, in which the team did push-ups on the turf. Their 42-year-old captain, Misbah-ul-Haq scored a century in his first Test in England, and legspinner Yasir Shah took ten wickets in the low-scoring thriller. On day four, England were set 283 and then bowled out for 207. Fast bowler Mohammad Amir, who went to prison for his role in the 2010 scandal, took three wickets on his return to the scene of his crime.

    The New Zealand batsman Mark Burgess, who was born today, made five hundreds in his 50 Tests, and three of them came in consecutive Tests. It looks like the ultimate purple patch - except those three Tests were spread over two years. Burgess was only on a winning side five times, but one of those was when he was captain for the first time - the Wellington demolition of 1977-78, where New Zealand beat England for the first time in 42 attempts and 48 years.

    Birth of another New Zealander. The temperamental Andre Adams only played one Test, but in his 42 one-day internationals showed enough potential to indicate a successful international career - even if his credentials as a big hitter didn't stack up. A handy bowling allrounder, Adams came back from an injury to play in 2004 and featured off and on for the ODI side, but in late 2007 he said he was not willing to play any more ODIs under the administration of the time. A perceived casual attitude, injuries and inconsistent performances perhaps had its effect on New Zealand's selectors. Adams then joined the unofficial Indian Cricket League, all but ending his international career.

    A record 27 wickets fell in a little over four hours on the second day of the Lord's Test between England and Australia. Heavy rain and an uncovered pitch created a batsman's nightmare. On the first day, 13 wickets fell in three hours, and on the second, England lost their last seven wickets for 35, bowled out Australia for 60, and were again dismissed for 62, losing by 61 runs.

    Birth of the man who once had the highest batting average in one-day internationals. Kim Barnett did only play one game, when he carved 84 against Sri Lanka at The Oval in 1988, but it was enough to put him top of the tree. A few weeks before that, he hit 66 on his Test debut, against Sri Lanka at Lord's, and then thumped a merry 80 in England's next Test, against Australia at Headingley a year later. But Barnett's on-the-walk technique was soon found out, and after being dropped he went on the rebel tour to South Africa in 1989-90. That was his international career done, but he ploughed on as county cricket's elder statesman for another 13 years, mostly with Derbyshire but later with Gloucestershire, until his retirement in 2002.

    Against Australia at Lord's, England's Arthur Shrewsbury became the first man to make 1000 runs in Tests when he hammered 106 in the first innings.

    With a bowling average in excess of 50, New Zealand legspinner Alex Moir, who was born today, didn't exactly have a Boy's Own Test career. That was after something of a dream start, when he took 6 for 155 against England in Christchurch in 1950-51. But overall, New Zealand lost 12 and won none of Moir's 17 Tests.

    In Rhodesia, a South African batsman is born. Tony Pithey's 17-Test career had one distinct highlight: a patient 154 against England in Cape Town in 1964-65. It was his only Test hundred. His brother David also played eight Tests for South Africa.

    Birth of Omari Banks, the first player from the Leeward island of Anguilla to play Test cricket for West Indies. His debut was inauspicious, to say the least. He took three wickets in the first innings against Australia in Barbados in 2003, but was hit for 204 runs in 40 overs - then the most runs conceded in an innings by a debutant. He played only nine more Tests, the highlight of which was an unbeaten 47 in West Indies' famous chase of 418 in Antigua, in the same series.

    Other birthdays
    1955 Christopher Chappell (Canada)
    1962 Debra Stock (England)
    1977 Inoka Galagedara (Sri Lanka)

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    WG Grace scored over 54,000 first-class runs

    WG Grace - better known as "The Doctor", "The Champion" or just "WG" - was a pioneer of the game. Born this day, he was a magnificent allrounder: a dashing batsman, a cunning, round-arm slow-medium bowler, and owner of the most famous beard in sport. Grace was a walking first: first two triple-centuries in first-class cricket, in 1876; first to make 2000 first-class runs in a season (2739 in 1871); first to 1000 runs in May (1895); first (and probably only) man to replace the bails after being bowled and carry on his innings; first to 50,000 first-class runs; first to 100 hundreds; first Test century in England; and first Englishman to make a century on debut. Those last two were at The Oval in 1880, when he slammed 152 against Australia. His other Test century came against the Aussies at The Oval too, 170 in 1886. Grace captained England in the last 13 of his 22 Tests. He also made 400 for United South against Grimsby on the day his second child was born. He died in 1915, after suffering a heart attack during an air raid in Kent. He died at his home in Mottingham, Kent, and he was buried three days later at Elmers End Cemetery.

    Dennis Keith Lillee is born. After recovering from back problems so bad that many expected him not to play again, he became one of the greatest bowlers in history, with a magnificently athletic action and an attitude Dirty Harry would have approved of. Lillee loved to get rough - he had an unedifying standoff with Javed Miandad in Perth in 1981-82 after aiming a kick at Miandad. He and Jeff Thomson were the nastiest pair of gangsters ever to take the new ball, and they left horses' heads in many an English bed during a torrid Ashes series in 1974-75. Lillee was an example to all bowlers of how to cope with advancing years. For him there was no midlife crisis; after Packer, he simply substituted craft for pace, brain for brawn, and offered batsmen a different but every bit as fearsome examination. Oddly he took more Test ten-fors (seven) than he did wickets outside England and Australasia (6). Lillee could bat too - he rolled up his sleeves and almost saw Australia over the line at Headingley in 1981, when he and Rod Marsh infamously bet on England at 500-1 - although his attempt to use an aluminium bat in another Test, also against England, wasn't his brightest idea. He was the leading Test wicket-taker when he retired, with 355.

    An unbeaten hundred on debut for Ranjitsinhji. But it came in a losing cause for England, in an Ashes Test at Old Trafford. England followed on to Australia's 412 (Tom Richardson took seven) and Ranji followed up his first-innings 62 with a sparkling unbeaten 154 in 185 minutes. But the rest of the side jointly managed just 151, leaving Australia a target of 125. Richardson took 6 for 76 but Australia won by three wickets. This was also the game in which Australian allrounder George Giffen became the first player to reach the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets.

    Only ten men have ever scored a hundred and taken a hat-trick in a first-class match, and Mike Procter is the only man to have to done it twice. He did it for the first time on this day, taking 8 for 73 in the match and cracking 51 and 102 for Gloucestershire against Essex at Westcliff-on-Sea. It was an all-lbw hat-trick, too, and all from around the wicket.

    A northern outpost of Australia gets its first Test. Darwin became Australia's eighth Test venue when it hosted Bangladesh in a match that lasted three days. Bangladesh were bowled out for 97, after which Australia vandalised their bowling attack - Darren Lehmann and Steve Waugh making hundreds - for 407. The visitors eventually lost by an innings and 132 runs.

    It's a slightly odd stat that only five men have ever made a century at Lord's on their Test debut: Matt Prior, Andrew Strauss, Sourav Ganguly, John Hampshire... and Harry Graham, who did so for Australia on this day. Having come to the crease at 75 for 5, "The Little Dasher" cracked 107 to help Australia to a draw. He was also the only Australian to make a century on Test debut in England until Dirk Wellham in 1981.

    Chris Harris' dad is born. Zin Harris, a right-hander, unlike his son, played nine Tests over a period of nine years, making his only century against South Africa in Cape Town in 1961-62. He died in his native Christchurch in December 1991, a few months before his son starred in the World Cup.

    The birth of a man who secured his place in cricket lore with four lusty blows on one of the biggest stages. Carlos Brathwaite was on strike when West Indies needed 19 runs off the last over to win the 2016 World T20 against England. Four monstrous sixes later, he had sealed the deal with two balls to spare. An attacking allrounder from Barbados, Brathwaite made his international debut in 2011, but it was only with his second coming, in 2015, that he was able to nail down a regular place in the West Indies set-up.

    Other birthdays
    1873 Albert Powell (South Africa)
    1913 Hilda Hills (Australia)
    1925 Hubert Doggart (England)
    1954 Imtiaz Ali (West Indies)

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    A rare old day
    Fred tucks into India... again
    Fred Trueman sent India crashing to 58

    A young and very fiery Fred Trueman continued his personal assault on India's batsmen. Trueman had grabbed 15 wickets in his first two Tests, and this time added a further 8 for 31 in the first innings at Old Trafford as India crumbled to 58 all out. Tony Lock, making his debut, started the rot with a stunning catch at short leg to remove Vinoo Mankad, the first time Lock had touched the ball in Test cricket. He was then instrumental in bowling India out for 82 in the second innings, taking 4 for 36 in 9.3 overs, as 22 wickets fell in the day.

    The birth of a phenomenon. The Twenty20 Cup was seen as a gimmick when it burst onto the English domestic scene in the summer of 2003. Bouncy castles, face-painting and speed-dating were some of the sideshows required to goad the punters through the county turnstiles, but for the first finals day at Trent Bridge, it was the cricket that reclaimed centre stage. Not even the appearance of the pop trio Atomic Kitten could distract from the totality of Surrey's victory. Adam Hollioake's men saw off Gloucestershire in the semis and Warwickshire in the final, and cricket, arguably, has never quite been the same since

    Australia record their third-biggest win in Ashes history, in terms of runs. They had come into the Lord's Test surrounded by doubt, having been thumped in the first Test, in Cardiff. Here they made the most of winning the toss on a rather lifeless pitch, piling up 566 for 8 (Steven Smith made a double, and Chris Rogers nearly did too). Then their quick bowlers reduced the hosts to 30 for 4. England did not really recover, and that they were mentally beaten too showed in the second innings, when they folded meekly for 103.

    The last day of first-class cricket for Ian Botham. Halfway through Durham's tour match against the Australians, Beefy announced that it would be his last. After terrorising them on and off the field for 15 years, it wouldn't have been right if he'd bowed out against anyone else. He made 32 and went wicketless, but Botham had another way of stealing the limelight: he kept wicket for the last over of the match without gloves or pads.

    While Botham was finishing up, Glen Chapple was flaying a century in 21 minutes and 27 balls - the fastest in first-class history. But you won't see it any record books. Chapple's hundred came against joke bowlers, Tony Cottey (6-0-121-0) and Matthew Maynard (6-0-110-1).

    Birth of the first Anglo-Indian to play for India. And fittingly, Roger Binny was at his best in English conditions. A steady medium-pacer and a capable batsman who opened in India's Golden Jubilee Test, Binny made little impact in his first four years of international cricket. But his career took off when he was selected for the World Cup in 1983. He saved India from elimination with a match-winning display against Australia in Chelmsford, and conceded just 23 runs from ten overs to help India to a stunning victory over West Indies in the final. Three years later Binny was instrumental in England's Test series defeat, taking 5 for 40 in India's victory at Headingley.

    An injury-plagued fast bowler is born. When Dilhara Fernando burst onto the international scene, young and raw, he inspired hope that he would be the long-term replacement for Chaminda Vaas as the cutting edge of Sri Lanka's pace attack, but two stress fractures in 2004 hampered his career. Fernando has a well-disguised slower ball and can reverse swing it as well. One of his finest performances was when he took 6 for 27 to skittle England out for 104 in an ODI at the Premadasa Stadium in 2007. He was recalled in 2016 to the T20 squad four years after his last international match for Sri Lanka.

    England beat Pakistan by 73 runs in a one-day international to win the series 2-0. Mike Gatting top-scored with 76 and Ian Botham hit four sixes off Iqbal Qasim.

    Birth of fast bowler Arthur Fielder, who played six Tests for England, all against Australia. He took a heroic 6 for 82 (nine wickets in the match) in the narrow defeat in Sydney in 1907-08. In 1906, he became the only person to take all ten wickets in an innings for Players against Gentlemen at Lord's.

    John Gunn was born, another whose six Tests were all against Australia. A hard-working allrounder, he bowled 42 overs in taking 5 for 76 in Adelaide in 1901-02. His uncle William and brother George also played for England.

    No Ashes cricket whatsoever was played on July 19 in the entire 20th century. Before 2001, you have to rewind 102 years to Old Trafford, and the final day of a three-day draw. Earlier in the match, Tom Hayward top-scored with 130, Bill Bradley took a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket, and Australia's Monty Noble became the only batsman to score two Test fifties on the same day.

    Robert Christiani, who was born on this day, had the misfortune of playing in the West Indies middle order at the same time as the three Ws. It is said that he was a far better batsman than his average of 26.35 in 22 Tests reveals. He was lbw on 99 in his first Test in Barbados. He was picked for the India tour in 1948-49 and became the first batsman from Guyana to score a century when, batting at No. 8, he made 107 in West Indies total of 631 in Delhi. He was a genuine allrounder who fielded well, bowled offspin and kept wicket. He also represented British Guiana as a hockey forward and football goalkeeper.

    Other birthdays
    1899 John Nicolson (South Africa)
    1959 Shubhangi Kulkarni (India)
    1977 Ed Smith (England)
    1981 David Bernard (West Indies)

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    The most amazing day of a famously amazing Headingley Test. Ian Botham scored 145 of his 149 not out to give England an outside chance of beating Australia after following on, a chance Bob Willis took with his 8 for 43 the following day. This was also the day when England's odds slipped out to 500-1, an offer that Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh couldn't refuse. Then Botham and Graham Dilley gave it some humpty, and the rest is history.

    Birth of that famously combative Yorkshireman Maurice Leyland, who saved the best till last. His final Test innings of 187 was played during a partnership of 382 with Len Hutton at The Oval in 1938, still England's highest stand for any wicket against Australia.

    England win an Ashes Test at Lord's after 75 years. And who did they have to thank for it? Andrew Flintoff, of course. Having announced that he would retire at the end of the series, Flintoff had looked feeble till the fourth innings. Australia were set 522 (Andrew Strauss had made 161 earlier) and Flintoff came on to steal the show with his second five-for against Australia (and only his third in all). At the start of the final day, Australia were 313 for 5, but Flintoff had Brad Haddin edge to second slip in the second over and that started a collapse. Soon after lunch, England had taken a lead in the series.

    On the first day of the match in Galle, an opening partnership of 193 between Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya set Sri Lanka on the way to their first Test win over South Africa. That only tells half the story, though. Jayasuriya bashed 148 off only 156 balls - 96 of them in a scintillating morning session. Sri Lanka got to 522 - and then came Murali, who brushed South Africa to an innings defeat with 13 for 171.

    Fourteen years later, South Africa won their first Test in Sri Lanka since 2000 with a 153-run trouncing in Galle. Oddly enough it was seamers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel who starred in the win, taking 16 wickets between them. It was Hashim Amla's first Test as captain and he made his mark with an aggressive declaration, giving Sri Lanka four sessions to get 370. His bowlers needed just over two to bowl them out.

    Birth of yet another in a long line of Indian medium-pacers who looked promising but couldn't quite make it on the big stage. Debasis Mohanty managed only two Tests and 45 ODIs. He was effective in English conditions and was a last-minute call-up for the 1999 World Cup - where he took his best figures of 4 for 56 against Kenya.

    In a one-day international at Trent Bridge, Robin Smith scored a hundred in 101 balls, but India won to take the Texaco Trophy for the first time. It was the story of the Judge's life: all of his one-day hundreds came in England defeats. And only two of his nine Test hundreds came in English victories.

    Controversial seam bowler Ed Giddins was born. He received an extensive ban for drug use, but took one five-wicket haul in Test cricket, against Zimbabwe at Lord's in 2000. Two Tests and one wicket later, Giddins was dropped.

    Birth of the confident and supremely patient Eric Rowan, who was often the mainstay of South Africa's batting. Against England in Johannesburg in 1948-49, he batted for six hours on the last day to make an unbeaten 156 that saved the match. At Headingley in 1951 he followed his Test-best 236 (making him the oldest player to score a double-century) in the first innings with 60 not out in the second. His brother Athol also played for South Africa.

    One of the new wave of West Indian fast bowlers, Nixon McLean, was born. Unfortunately his middle names (Alexei McNamara) were more impressive than his Test average (42.56).

    Other birthdays
    1911 Baqa Jilani (India)
    1934 Doug Padgett (England)
    1963 Catherine Campbell (New Zealand)
    1974 Caroline Salomons (Netherlands)
    1975 Atiq-uz-Zaman (Pakistan)

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