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26 July 1956, Old Trafford, Manchester :- Coin roll rested to England's favour and captain Peter May elected to bat. Then, no one knew what was to come..
England looked good for over 600 first innings score but Ian Johnson's late 4 wickets folded them up for 459. Australians took a deep breath. it was time for them to bat well.
But they didn't. At the exception of Jim Burke who was dismissed by Tony Lock, Jim Laker, an off spinner, sent remaining all 9 Aussie batters back to pavilion, giving away only 37 runs in his 16.4 overs. Asked to follow on, team from downunder lost star batsman Neil Harvey by the end of second day's play in second innings, and opener Colin McDonald retired hurting his knee.
Day 3 rained off for just 6 overs (in which Australia lost other opener Jim Burke) and Day 4 was a rest day. in spare time, Australians wondered how to play Jim Laker now who had taken their 11 out 12 wickets so far. Day 4, thankfully, was another wet day, and Australians escaped through to another 25 runs without losing a wicket.
On last day, with 8 wickets in hand, Aussies contemplated hopes of drawing the test match. but it wasn't to be. Jim Laker was too hot for them to handle. his second innings bowling figures read 10 wicket, 53 runs, 51.2 overs.
Overall, Jim Laker took 19 wickets for 68 overs in that test match (5 bowled, 3 lbw, 5 caught by Alan Oakman). Never say never but that is one piece of record that ain't gonna break. In fact, no bowling at first class level has taken more than 17 wickets, let a lone at international level or in Australia vs England Ashes test match.
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