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    Dujon and Marshall, along with Richards, bowed out of Test cricket together in 1991
    For three giants of West Indies cricket, their last day in Test cricket ended in defeat at The Oval. Jeff Dujon finished with 272 dismissals, the record for a West Indies wicketkeeper, Malcolm Marshall with 376 wickets at only 20.94 each - and Viv Richards hit 60 to keep his Test batting average over 50. But England's win gave them a share of the series

    An Australian collapse in Chester-le-Street as Stuart Broad ripped through their line-up with 6 for 20 in 45 balls. Chasing 299, Australia were cruising at 168 for 2 and seemed likely to head into the final Test with a chance of squaring the series but Broad thwarted their plans with a searing burst, helping England go 3-0 up in the series. His 11 for 121 was the best analysis for an England bowler in the Ashes since Phil Tufnell's 11 for 93 at The Oval in 1997.

    Stuart Williams, born today, was a romantic young West Indian strokeplayer whose cavalier method - step back and strafe everything through the covers - became increasingly stereotyped as his career wore on. The high point was a lone Test century, made against India, but Williams passed 50 only four times in 52 innings. In 2004 he had a finger amputated after a fielding accident. He later became a selector.

    Birth of Pedro Collins, who was for a long time best remembered for a testicle injury courtesy a Jason Gillespie delivery. Collins was a keen footballer before he fell into cricket, and came to notice as a fast-medium left-armer who found enough swing into the right-hander to cause the best batsmen difficulty. In November 1998 he took three wickets in 11 balls for West Indies A against India, a spell that led to his Test debut against Australia the following March. Collins had a knack for big scalps, dismissing Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Steve Waugh three times in five Tests each.

    Birth of a man whose dismissal led to repercussions for the umpire. In his debut Test innings, against England in Kingston in 1953-54, John (JK) Holt was on 94 when he was given out lbw by umpire Perry Burke, whose family were assaulted by spectators. West Indies won by 140 runs, and Holt got his maiden Test hundred in the next Test, scoring 166 in another win in Bridgetown.

    The quintessential county medium-pacer Derek Shackleton was born. In 20 consecutive seasons, he took at least 100 wickets each for Hampshire, putting him second on the all-time list. Unlucky to be a contemporary of Trueman, Statham, Tyson and Loader, he had a gap of over ten years in his Test career, returning to take three wickets in four balls in the famous nerve-wracking draw against West Indies at Lord's in 1963.

    Birth of Sidath Wettimuny, who opened the batting in Sri Lanka's debut Test, against England in Colombo in 1981-82, and played in 23 Tests in all. His greatest moment was in batting all day in a Test match at Lord's, his 190 helping Sri Lanka to a draw. He and Mithra Wettimuny opened the innings together against New Zealand in 1982-83, a rare achievement for a pair of brothers.

    Death of one of England's greatest slow bowlers, Bobby Peel. With eight wickets in hand, Australia needed only 64 runs to win the first Test of the 1894-95 series - but a hungover Peel was held under a cold shower before being sent out to take 6 for 67 and win the match by just ten runs. It was the only time before Headingley in 1981 that a team won a Test match after following on. A superb slow left-armer, little Bobby finished his Test career with 102 wickets at only 16.81 apiece - but the drink got him in the end: his county career ended when he allegedly relieved himself on the pitch in front of his captain.

    In a drawn match at The Oval, Australia's Billy Murdoch completed his innings of 211, the first double-century in Test cricket. He was dropped three times, all off poor George Ulyett, but Wisden described it as "a magnificent innings". Murdoch went on to play one Test for England, in Cape Town in 1891-92.

    In a drawn match against India at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club, Sanath Jayasuriya became one of only eight batsmen to be dismissed for 199 in a Test innings. The others have been Mudassar Nazar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Matthew Elliott, Steve Waugh, Younis Khan, Ian Bell and Steven Smith.

    The innings of 170 by WG Grace was a new highest score for England. Easily the top score in the match, at The Oval, it helped England win by an innings. His only other Test hundred (152 in 1880) was also scored against Australia at The Oval, and was also a highest score for England at the time.

    Birth of the first man to captain West Indies to victory in a Test match. Marius "Maurice" Fernandes averaged only 12.25 with the bat in his two Tests - but in the second, in Georgetown in 1929-30, he made some useful runs and masterminded a win by 289 runs that squared the series.

    Glamorgan pace bowler Greg Thomas was born. He was genuinely fast, but injury wrecked his chance of developing into a force at Test level. Meanwhile, the Caribbean in 1985-86 wasn't the place to make your debut. Confronted by Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes and Co., Thomas took only eight wickets at 45.50, as England lost all five Tests. He was also bowled by the first ball he faced in Test cricket - but as a bowler he left a sense of what might have been.

    The Test debut of Charles "Father" Marriott, a 37-year-old schoolmaster at Dulwich College, who only played first-class cricket when teaching commitments permitted. Against West Indies at The Oval, the Irish-educated Marriott took 11 for 96 as England won by an innings in ten minutes over two days. It was his only match for England.

    Morocco hosted an international cricket match for the first time on this day, when Pakistan and South Africa played the opening game of the Morocco Cup in Tangier. The venue wasn't the only highlight: it was South Africa's first game since the death of Hansie Cronje two months previously. Wasim Akram bowled the first ball of the match - his world-record 335th ODI. Shaun Pollock, South Africa's captain, dedicated his team's 54-run win to Cronje, saying they had "tried to produce a performance he would be proud of".

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    One of the fastest bowlers of all time is born. Shoaib Akhtar was twice clocked going past the 100mph barrier - though the figures remain unofficial - but he generated as much interest for his bowling action and his attitude to the game. When on song, Shoaib was a fearful proposition - however, along with the star performances came several controversies and brushes with the authorities. He had to remodel his action after suspicions of throwing, and his attitude came in for severe criticism after his listless performances in Pakistan's 1-2 series defeat against India in 2003-04. He showed glimpses of his lethal best on a few occasions since then, but missed more Tests than he played, though he was in the headlines often, due to injury and controversy (an alleged drug scandal in 2006, a spat with team-mate Mohammad Asif the year after, and being declared unfit to play after an attack of genital warts). Shoaib retired from international cricket after a disappointing 2011 World Cup.

    Birth of the talented but accident-prone wicketkeeper Bruce French. He began by being bitten by a dog in the West Indies, then during a practice session in Pakistan he was hit on the head by a ball thrown back by a spectator. As he walked across the hospital grounds to have his eyebrow stitched, he was knocked down by a car. When he woke up after the operation, he hit his head on an overhead light. In the circumstances, playing in 16 Tests for England was no mean feat.

    In the fifth and final Test of a blazing summer, Viv Richards completed his highest Test score, a murderous 291 at The Oval, finishing with 829 runs in the series - which West Indies won 3-0. King Viv eventually scored 1710 Test runs in 1976, a record that stood for 30 years, until Mohammad Yousuf compiled 1788 runs in 2006.

    The concluding day of one of the most dramatic Test matches of all time. Big-hitting Gilbert Jessop made only one century at this level, but it was a classic. Scored in only 75 minutes, it revived a second innings that was in tatters at 48 for 5 when he went in. England beat Australia thanks to Yorkshire allrounders George Hirst and Wilfred Rhodes, who made 15 for the last wicket. If they didn't utter their famous "We'll get 'em in singles" line, they should have.

    A 237-run win in the third Test in St Lucia gave India an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-Test series and their third series win in the West Indies. The whole of the third day was lost to rain, but India managed to win with time to spare on the fifth, after the hosts crumbled to 108. The Indian seamers dominated the Test, sharing 12 wickets between them. Centuries by R Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha helped India gain a handy first-innings lead to work from. West Indies, though, failed to show the resilience that had helped them draw the previous Test, in Jamaica.

    An unlikely hero for England. Nick Cook took eight wickets on his debut, including 5 for 35 in the first innings, as England beat New Zealand by 127 runs at Lord's - but he shouldn't even have been playing. Cook only got in because Phil Edmonds ricked his back getting out of his car (yes, really). Cook made the most of the opportunity: he took 34 wickets in his first five Tests. Shame that he then took only 18 in his next (and final) ten appearances.

    A round 200 from Mohsin Khan, the first double-century in a Lord's Test since 1949, set Pakistan on their way to a ten-wicket win over England. The unlikely match-winner was Mohsin's opening partner, Mudassar Nazar, who took 6 for 32 in the second innings with his gentle medium-pacers. This was Mudassar's 25th Test - in the previous 24 he'd taken only 11 wickets.

    Birth of a cricketer whose maiden Test was cancelled because he'd been picked to play in it. When Surrey's enthusiastic fast-medium bowler Robin Jackman joined England's Caribbean tour as a replacement in 1980-81, he was hurried into the team for the second Test in Georgetown - only for the Guyanese government to raise objections to his years as a player in South Africa. When he eventually got onto the pitch, in Bridgetown, he took a wicket in his first over in Test cricket - at the age of 35. He finished with 14 wickets in his four Tests.'

    Birth of an unexpected hero. Picked to exploit the seamer's wicket at Headingley in 1992, unsung Somerset bowler Neil Mallender did exactly that. His 3 for 72 and 5 for 50, one of the best performances by a bowler making his England debut, helped win the match by six wickets. After Pakistan had won the next Test to take the series 2-1, Mallender wasn't capped again - but he'd had his moment in the sun. He went on to become a successful umpire.

    Birth of Unaarrimin, known as Johnny Mullagh, part of the famous Australian Aborigine team that toured England in 1868, playing an eyebrow-raising total of 47 matches. A talented allrounder, Unaarrimin hit 1698 runs at an average of 23 and took 245 wickets at only ten apiece. He died in 1891, the day after his 50th birthday.

    The cunning medium-pacer Harry Dean was born. Although he played in only three Tests, his bowling decided the outcome of the last of those, where his 4 for 19 helped England dismiss Australia for 65 at The Oval and win the Triangular Tournament. He equalled what was then a world record in first-class cricket by taking 17 for 91 for Lancashire v Yorkshire in

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    The most famous duck of all?

    England reached the lowest point of the home series against Australia, bowled out for 52 - but the main talking-point at The Oval was probably the most dramatic duck in Test cricket. Needing to score only four runs to reach 7000 in Tests and an average of 100, Don Bradman was bowled second ball by Eric Hollies. England lost by an innings, so the Don didn't get a second chance in his final Test. The cricketing gods held a little back at the very end.
    A Test-saving effort with added charm. Sachin Tendulkar was just 17 years 112 days when he made his maiden Test century, 119 not out against England at Old Trafford. He was the third youngest to do so, behind Mushtaq Mohammad and Mohammad Ashraful of Bangladesh, who broke the record in September 2001 against Sri Lanka. Tendulkar and Manoj Prabhakar batted through the last two and a half hours with India six down and seemingly heading for defeat.
    Before lunch on the last day, Clive Lloyd's West Indies dismissed England for 202 at The Oval to win by 172 runs and complete a "blackwash", the only time England have lost a series 0-5 at home.
    One of South Africa's greatest batsmen died on this day. Dudley Nourse averaged 53.81 in his 34 Tests, carrying his country's batting in any number of series. He stood alone against Australia in 1935-36, averaging 57.55 and hitting 231 at the old Wanderers ground, and scored 621 runs in the 1947 series in England. But he saved his most heroic performance for 1951: 208 at Trent Bridge, made with a broken thumb.
    A series-levelling ten-wicket win at The Oval for Pakistan, marking a remarkable turn of script from the last time they toured England, in 2010, a series that ended in the humiliation of the spot-fixing scandal. This time around, after beginning with a surprise win at Lord's, Pakistan lost the next two Tests, before bouncing back in this, the final game. Younis Khan?s 218, ably supported by Asad Shafiq's 109, gave Pakistan an imposing first-innings lead. England's weakness against legspin was exposed - not for the first time by a Pakistani * as Yasir Shah took five wickets to dismiss them for 253. It was the fifth win by Pakistan at The Oval, the most Tests they have won at any away venue. For England, it was their fourth defeat in the last seven Tests at the ground.

    The day Tony Greig grovelled. In a BBC interview before the 1976 series against West Indies, England's captain Greig came out with a foolish boast: "When the West Indies are down they grovel... and I intend to make them grovel." After defeats in the third and fourth Tests, Greig finally conceded that his comments had been ill conceived, and as England were put to the sword at The Oval, he grovelled on his hands and knees in front of a partisan full-house crowd. But the third day's play ended amid unsavoury scenes, when play had to be suspended for ten minutes after Greig's dismissal triggered a pitch invasion by spectators.
    Death of Hugh Trumble, one of the great cricketers of his time. All of his 141 wickets for Australia, a world record at the time, were taken against England. Trumble was the last player to hold world records for most catches (45) as well as wickets in Tests. His brother John also played for Australia.
    At Chichester, JS Carrick recorded the highest individual innings, making 419 for West of Scotland against Priory Park. He batted throughout a two-day match. Carrick's record lasted less than 13 months.
    It was an innings fit to grace any stage, let alone the home of cricket. Claire Taylor's silky 156 from 151 balls against India eclipsed Viv Richards' record of fastest one-day hundred at Lord's, and she was immediately rewarded with an honours board of her own at the ground.
    One of the great allrounders is born. Australian Jack Gregory was a superstar of the 1920s: hostile fast bowler, hard-hitting batsman, superb close fielder. He still holds the record for the fastest hundred (by minutes) for his innings in 1921 against South Africa in Johannesburg - he got to his century in 70 minutes and made 119 in 85. In 24 Tests he made 1146 runs at 36.96 and took 85 wickets at 31.15.
    The day Mike Watkinson and Richard Illingworth saved a Test for England - with the bat. They shared 65 years but only six Test caps when it happened, against West Indies at Trent Bridge. With Watkinson crashing 82, and Illingworth doggedly holding up an end with a fractured finger, they added an unbroken 80 for the last wicket at a time when Brian Lara, bang in the middle of a purple patch of 583 runs in three Tests, was hovering ominously over a tight runs/time equation.
    Birth of Pakistan batsman Ramiz Raja, whose Test average of 31.83 didn't do justice to his talent. The second of his two Test hundreds was the more valuable, a top score of 114 to earn a draw after India had declared at 465 for 8 in Jaipur in 1986-87. Ramiz later became the chief executive of the PCB, but resigned in 2004 citing increasing media commitments as the reason. He's still one of Pakistan's leading television commentators. His brother Wasim Raja, an allrounder, also played Test cricket.
    A day when Gladstone Small's radar needed recalibrating. When he opened the bowling for Warwickshire against Middlesex, his first over lasted 18 balls, including 11 no-balls and a wide. It is thought to be the record for the longest over when no-balls weren't deliberate.
    Birth of Indian middle-order batsman Pravin Amre, who scored a century in his debut Test innings, in Durban in 1992-93. Despite an average of 42.50 in 11 matches, his Test career didn't last beyond the following year.
    Controversial South African pace bowler Cuan McCarthy died on this day. Although he took 36 Test wickets, including 6 for 43 on his debut against England in 1948-49, his career was blighted by accusations of throwing.
    Sri Lankan seamer Pramodya Wickremasinghe was born. Never the most penetrative opening bowler, he took 85 wickets in 40 Tests - and none at all in the 1996 World Cup, in which he played four matches, including the final. He went home with a winner's medal despite finishing the tournament with figures of 0 for 141 in 27 overs.
    Kenya wicketkeeper David Obuya, born today, took over national keeping duties when his older brother, Kennedy Otieno, left to play club cricket in Australia. Though Obuya made his debut in 2001, it took him a long time to establish himself - poor scores didn't help. After he made a surprise comeback in 2006, having been out of the side for three years, Obuya's batting improved. He went into the 2007 World Cup having scored three half-centuries, but made only five runs in the tournament. The 2011 World Cup was more memorable because of the half-century he scored against Sri Lanka.

    Legspinning allrounder Oscar Charles Scott was born. When England scored 849 in Kingston in 1929-30, "Tommy" Scott's five wickets cost him 266 runs, still third on the all-time list of runs conceded in a Test innings, behind "Chuck" Fleetwood-Smith's 298 in 1938 and Rajesh Chauhan's 276 in 1997-98 - neither of whom could match Tommy's feat of conceding 374 in a Test. His son Alf also played for West Indies.
    Death of that decidedly useful allrounder Sibley John Snooke, who had to wait more than 10 years for his last Test, against England in 1922-23. "Tip" Snooke's only century helped South Africa to their only win of the 1910-11 series in Australia, and his 35 Test wickets cost just 20.05 each. He and his brother Stanley helped South Africa avoid defeat at The Oval in 1907.
    A dashing Australian left-hander is born. Len Darling was brought in to bolster Australia's beleaguered Test team for the last two Tests of the Bodyline series, and he hit his Test highest of 85 in Sydney. Many thought he was less bothered by the onslaught of Larwood and Co than anyone else save Stan McCabe. However, Darling retired suddenly at 27; it was believed that marriage played an important part in his decision.

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    Trueman's 300th
    Fiery Fred misses a hat-trick but reaches a bigger landmark

    Fred Trueman was the first bowler to take 300 Test wickets

    Colin Cowdrey's slip catch to dismiss Australia's Neil Hawke at The Oval made Fred Trueman the first bowler to take 300 wickets in Test cricket. Trueman, who had missed the previous match at Old Trafford, began the day on 297 wickets, and quickly took that tally to 299, with wickets in consecutive deliveries before the lunch break. Hawke averted the hat-trick but did not survive much longer. The match was drawn and the Ashes stayed with Australia, but for once it didn't matter so much. Asked whether he thought anyone would ever break his record, Trueman is reputed to have replied: "Aye, but whoever does will be bloody tired." Fiery Fred's eventual total of 307 remained the world mark until 1975-76.

    Birth of painter and wicketkeeper Robert Charles Russell. "Jack" Russell's 11 dismissals in Johannesburg in 1995-96 set a world record for all Test cricket. England's insistence on picking wicketkeeper-batsmen limited his international career, but even so, he played in 54 Tests, making 165 dismissals. And his own batting wasn't too shabby: he hit two Test hundreds, and his four-hour 29 not out in that Johannesburg Test buttressed Mike Atherton's epic match-saving innings. After retiring from international cricket, Russell was instrumental in the success of his beloved Gloucestershire, who won a hat-trick of one-day trophies in 2000. Eventually he had to give up the game altogether, in 2004, because of persistent injury trouble.

    A brilliant 156 from Ricky Ponting, and a stoical 24-ball stand between Australia's last pair of Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath, denied England victory in a match that would have taken them 2-1 up with two to play in the Ashes. The day began amid huge expectations and even bigger crowds: an estimated 10,000 ticketless fans were turned away from Old Trafford before 10am. The lucky few who grabbed their ?10 tickets - some had camped overnight for the privilege - watched England chip and chisel away at a dogged Australian resistance. When Ponting fell, with four overs of the match remaining, victory seemed assured, but McGrath - batting a yard outside his crease to negate lbws - stood firm.

    Sri Lanka pulled off one of their greatest Test wins, coming from behind to beat India in Galle in the opening game of the series. The hosts were up against a first-innings deficit of 192, and at 95 for 5 in their second dig, an innings defeat loomed. However, Dinesh Chandimal's heroic unbeaten 162 altered the script on the third day, leaving India a tricky 176 to win. They had no answers to Rangana Herath on the fourth day, who along with Tharindu Kaushal spun Sri Lanka to a win, with figures of 7 for 48. The match also went into the record books for Ajinkya Rahane's eight catches, the most by a non-wicketkeeper in a Test.

    The century made by Ian Botham in the fifth Test was even better than his match-turning 149 at Headingley earlier in the series. Scored off only 86 balls, the result of classical clean hitting, the Old Trafford ton made the front page of the Times, which wondered if it was the greatest Test century ever. Certainly it was too good for the Australians, whose defeat cost them any chance of regaining the Ashes.

    Some claim that were it not for Bradman, Wally Hammond would have claim to being considered the greatest batsman of all time; but Hammond was also an outstanding allrounder. In Cheltenham, on this day, Hammond scored a hundred for Gloucestershire against Surrey. He went on to make a second hundred in the match - one of seven times he did that - and took ten catches in the close field. He also opened the bowling, though he took only one wicket. But in the next match he made amends, taking 15 for 128 against Worcestershire.

    Birth of Australian fast-medium left-armer Bill Whitty, whose 65 Test wickets cost only 21.12 each, largely as a result of the 1910-11 series against South Africa, in which he took 37 wickets. When the visitors needed only 170 to win in Melbourne, Whitty took 6 for 17 to bowl them out for 80.

    A typically magisterial 217 by Wally Hammond. The first double-century scored against India, it was the highlight of a day on which England scored 471 for 8. They went on to win the Oval Test by nine wickets.

    Despite a defiant 68 by Saeed Ahmed at Trent Bridge, Pakistan were all out for 114 (Derek Underwood 5 for 52) to give England a 1-0 lead in the series.

    Birth of Essex slow left-armer John Childs, who didn't play Test cricket until nearly 37 years later. His debut at Old Trafford in 1988 made him the oldest to make his England bow since 38-year-old **** Howorth in 1947. West Indies won both the Tests Childs played in that summer, and his three wickets cost 61 each; but the winter tour to India was cancelled and he wasn't capped again.

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    1927 Eddie Leadbeater (England)
    1934 Reg Scarlett (West Indies)
    1951 Ranjan Gunatilleke (Sri Lanka)
    1975 Vijay Bharadwaj (India)
    1975 Hemlata Kala (India)
    1980 Adeel Raja (Netherlands)

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    The immovable Shivnarine Chanderpaul

    Birth of Shivnarine Chanderpaul. When he made his debut against England in Georgetown in 1993-94, he was the first teenager to play in a Test for West Indies since Elquemedo Willett in 1972-73. Chanderpaul's slim frame encases the ideal temperament for a Test batsman. He scored only two hundreds in his first 53 Tests, but improved that ratio significantly after that. His career run graph took a turn upwards from India's tour in 2006 - he scored seven hundreds, 14 half-centuries and averaged 73.09 from 23 Tests in the next three years. In 2005 he had been appointed captain and celebrated with a double-hundred in his home ground in Guyana. But he quit the next year to concentrate on his batting. From then on Chanderpaul became a run machine, reaching 10,000 Test runs in his 140th Test, in 2012 against Australia - in characteristic fashion, while trying to save the match. He averaged 98.7 in 2012, scoring three hundreds, including his second double. He hung at the crease like a limpet during the many times the side was in trouble, and churned out hundreds, seemingly at will. But three years later the unthinkable happened - Chanderpaul, at the age of 40, was dropped from the West Indies side after scoring only one half-century in ten innings. And after he was overlooked for a contract in December, Chanderpaul announced his retirement from international cricket.

    Birth of perhaps the fastest bowler of all time. When Jeff Thomson took 0 for 110 on his Test debut in 1972-73, no one knew he had a broken toe - nor could they have suspected the havoc he would wreak on his recall against England in 1974-75. He generated terrifying pace and steep bounce from a slingshot action, and took 33 cheap wickets to help Dennis Lillee destroy England 4-1 and regain the Ashes. The following season he and Lillee had a similarly traumatic effect on the touring West Indians. Held back by assorted major injuries, Thommo nevertheless took exactly 200 Test wickets (100 of them against England) and left behind memories of one of the great fast-bowling partnerships.

    When Alf Valentine took his sixth wicket of the innings, his tenth of the match and 33rd of the series, West Indies had dismissed England for 103 to take the Oval Test by an innings and complete a 3-1 win, their first in a series in England. The Three Ws in their batting line-up (Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes and Clyde Walcott) were as famous as the two young spinners who were commemorated in a special calypso, "those two little pals of mine" Sonny Ramadhin and Valentine.

    Charles Coventry equalled the then-highest score in ODIs. Against Bangladesh, with Zimbabwe playing to save the series, Coventry played a superbly paced innings to reach an unbeaten 194 (off 154 balls), his maiden ODI hundred. But despite equalling Saeed Anwar's record, and single-handedly taking Zimbabwe past 300 - a total larger than any Bangladesh had successfully chased before - he ended on the losing side. Tamim Iqbal's match-winning 154 stole Coventry's thunder, and six months later Sachin Tendulkar took the record, with the format's first double-hundred.

    Steve Waugh and the man he once called the best one-day batsman in the world, Michael Bevan (106), put on 222 to help beat South Africa in an ODI at the Colonial Stadium in Melbourne, the first international match to be played indoors.

    One of the most influential cricketing figures of all time was born. Martin, Lord Hawke, averaged only 7.85 with the bat in his five Tests - but he was better known as a leader of men. He captained England in four of those matches and set an all-time record by leading Yorkshire to the County Championship eight times from 1893 to 1908. He introduced winter pay for professionals and - with the exception of John Wisden himself - was the oldest Wisden Cricketer of the Year.

    Unsung medium-pace swing bowler Richard Ellison completed figures of 6 for 77 on his way to ten wickets in the Edgbaston Test against Australia, which England won by an innings to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

    At The Oval, against Australia, on his 33rd birthday, Arthur Jones became the first substitute to keep wicket in a Test, catching Warwick Armstrong off George Hirst. Jones' Test averages were nothing to write home about (13.85 with the bat, 44.33 with the ball) but he was better known as a fielder. Sensational in the slips, he was credited with inventing the gully position. He captained Nottinghamshire from 1900 until just before his death from tuberculosis in 1914.

    After being starved of Test cricket for eight years, India Women returned to the country of their previous Test win, England, and upset the hosts in Wormsley. A team with eight debutants rolled England over for 92 on the opening day, and took a slender lead. Jhulan Goswami took four in England's second innings before half-centuries from Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj got India home by six wickets. Raj, who also featured in the 2006 win, was there at the end.

    Middle-order batsman Narsingh Deonarine was drafted into the West Indies squad during the contracts dispute of 2005 and had a start-stop career in which he made Test and ODI half-centuries against South Africa and Australia. Despite a gutsy 52 against New Zealand in Dunedin, Deonarine was dropped from the Test squad in 2013.

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    The two-day Test

    The shortest Test in over 50 years

    Andy Cad**** took four wickets in an over as West Indies collapsed for 61.

    An unforgettable victory for England at Headingley, and the first two-day Test in over 50 years. When West Indies began their second innings midway through the afternoon session, they were exactly 100 runs behind England. After 26.2 overs, they had been demolished for just 61 - their second double-figure score in three Tests - and England had beaten them by an innings for the first time since 1966. It was unforgettably delirious stuff. The cherry on the icing came when Andy Cad**** took four wickets in an over, the last three all castled by swinging yorkers.

    Mahela Jayawardene's final day of Test cricket. It was a perfect farewell, as Sri Lanka wrapped up the SSC Test early on the fifth day to sweep the series 2-0 against Pakistan. The visitors had all but conceded the game on the fourth, having lost 7 for 127 chasing 271. Rangana Herath finished with a five-for to go with his nine in the first innings, for a match haul of 14 for 184. Jayawardene, who scored 54 in his final innings, ended his Test career with 11,814 runs in 149 games with 34 centuries and 50 half-centuries at an average of nearly 50.

    The end of one of the monumental partnerships. England needed only a draw at The Oval to retain the Ashes - but big Bill Ponsford made his last Test a memorable one. His 266 achieved the rare feat of outscoring Don Bradman, who hit a mere 244. Their stand of 451, made in only five hours, was then the highest for any wicket in Tests and is still in the top four. England, understandably overwhelmed, lost by a whopping 562 runs.

    One of the great wicketkeepers and characters was born. Extrovert and genuinely brilliant standing back or close up, Godfrey Evans played in 91 Tests for England, making 219 dismissals, both world records at the time, and hitting two dashing hundreds. A vivid personality long after his retirement, with the most famous mutton-chop whiskers in cricket, he was the Ladbrokes rep who quoted odds of 500-1 against England winning the famous Headingley Test of 1981.

    Birth of dashing batsman and film star Sandeep Patil, who played in 29 Tests for India. His four Test centuries included genuinely brilliant knocks in Adelaide in 1980-81 (174) - a remarkable innings given that in the previous Test he was concussed by a bouncer from Len Pascoe - and Old Trafford in 1982 (129 not out), when he hit six fours in an over from Bob Willis. His important 27 in a low-scoring match helped India win the 1983 World Cup final. After retirement, Patil coached India for a while before moving to take charge of Kenya. He resigned from that post after taking Kenya to the World Cup semi-final in 2003. He was later appointed the head of India's National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

    After the humiliations of the early 1920s and the frustrations of this rain-affected series, England made Percy Chapman captain, recalled the 48-year-old Wilfred Rhodes, and regained the Ashes. On this the last day at The Oval, pace bowlers Maurice Tate and Harold Larwood made the early inroads, after which Rhodes took 4 for 44 with his slow left-armers. Australia were dismissed for 125 and lost the series 0-1.

    It wasn't cricket. Well, not according to the MCC. Brian Close's Yorkshire side were booed off the field after they had deliberately wasted time to thwart Warwickshire's chase in the County Championship match at Edgbaston. Close used every delaying tactic in the book to waste time, and the Daily Telegraph wrote that Yorkshire had "been prepared to sacrifice goodwill and reputation for two wretched points". An unrepentant Close was subsequently stripped of the England captaincy as a result. The regulation for a minimum number of overs in the last hour of a match was introduced soon afterwards.

    The start of one of the all-time great careers. Wally Hammond made his first-class debut for Gloucestershire against Lancashire in Cheltenham. Ironically, for a batsman of the highest possible class, he made a duck in his first innings. He went on to set any number of world records, among them becoming the first man to score 7000 Test runs and the first to take 100 Test catches. He had a penchant for big scores and notched up 336 not out in Auckland in 1932-33, another Test record at the time - and two majestic double-hundreds against Australia. One of the undisputed legends of the game.

    The birth of Cameron White, who once seemed destined to play a significant role for Australia. At the start of his career it was hard to know whether he would develop into a nagging legspinner, aggressive middle-order batsman, intuitive skipper, or a bit of all three. After being tried as a legspinner in India in 2008, he developed into a destructive stroke-maker in the shorter formats. He was appointed Australia's T20 captain in January 2011 but he was replaced by George Bailey the following year. He also captained his IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.

    On the last day at The Oval, England captain and pace bowler Gubby Allen completed figures of 7 for 80, the best of his Test career, to help England beat India by nine wickets and take the three-match series 2-0.

    "Is it the Ashes... yes, England have won the Ashes." So blurted Brian Johnston as, after a record wait of 18 years 362 days, and despite losing the toss in all five Tests, England regained the ultimate Anglo-Australian prize. Fittingly, famous Middlesex partners Denis Compton and Bill Edrich were at the crease when the winning runs were hit at The Oval, a boundary off part-time bowler Arthur Morris. It was the first Ashes series to be won by a professional captain (Len Hutton) - and the last Test appearance of Australia's captain Lindsay Hassett, who first played against England in 1938.

    Quite a memorable day in Test cricket - considering no play was possible. What promised to be an exciting final day of the Ashes Test didn't take place after the Headingley pitch was vandalised by supporters of prisoner George Davis. Australia needed 225 to win with seven wickets left. The draw, and another in the next Test, gave them the series 1-0.

    John Brown and John Tunnicliffe set a new world-record opening stand of 554 for Yorkshire against Derbyshire in Chesterfield. Resuming on 503 for 0, the pair added another 51 before Tunnicliffe, who had been dropped in the first over, was caught in the slips. The stand took only five hours and five minutes.

    The tragic death from skin cancer of Ken Wadsworth, who was only 29. Fair-haired and talented, he kept wicket in 33 Tests for New Zealand, making 96 dismissals. He averaged 59 with the bat in the Caribbean series of 1971-72, when New Zealand surprised everyone by drawing all five Tests. But his crucial dropped catch cost New Zealand their first ever win over England, at Lord's in 1973. Sadly, by the time New Zealand achieved that long-awaited victory, in 1977-78, Wadsworth wasn't around to share in the joy.

    Opening batsman Tim Robinson (148) and his captain, David Gower, (215) completed their partnership of 331 in only 343 minutes at Edgbaston. Gower, enjoying the high summer of his Test career, hit the highest score by an England captain against Australia since Wally Hammond's 240 at Lord's in 1938. England won by an innings to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

    Three players hit hundreds on the same day before Sri Lanka declared at 547 for 8 against Australia at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club. Asanka Gurusinha made 137, captain Arjuna Ranatunga 127, and new cap Romesh Kaluwitharana 132 not out. But in the second innings Sri Lanka's last eight wickets fell for 37 runs and they lost the match by 16.

    Johnny Wardle's invitation to tour with MCC to Australia was withdrawn following a number of articles he wrote criticising the running of Yorkshire, their captain, and several of their players. Yorkshire announced that Wardle would be sacked at the end of the season, and MCC subsequently threw him off the tour, citing the "grave disservice" he had done to the game. Wardle admitted that he was to blame, and despite offers from several other counties, he withdrew to the Lancashire leagues.

    Birth of Ian Gould, who kept wicket for England in the 1983 World Cup. Although he never won a Test cap, he did have one moment of glory at that level, coming on as substitute in Melbourne in 1982-83 and taking the catch that removed Greg Chappell for two. England sealed a famous victory by just three runs. Gould captained Sussex when they won the 1986 NatWest Trophy. After the final, his winning speech consisted of "Watch out, Soho". He joined the first-class umpires panel in 2002, and was promoted to the International Umpires Panel in April 2006.

    Birth of Hampshire's Dutch seamer Paul-Jan Bakker. His best moment came in the 1996 World Cup, against England in Peshawar, when he bowled Alec Stewart for five. Holland weren't disgraced in a 49-run defeat.

    Other birthdays
    1841 Lord Acheson (England)
    1950 Graeme Beard (Australia)
    1966 Sarah-Jane Cook (England)
    1973 Carl Bulfin (New Zealand)
    1985 Craig Ervine (Zimbabwe)

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