Monday, November 20, 2006

Ashes Eternal Records :1

Records keep tumbling regularly but there are two records which I feel would never tumble.

Jim Laker 19 wickets in a Test Match

This was the only moment when no bowler wanted to take wickets but Tony Lock was the unfortunate one (2nd moment came during the Kumble's time 10-74 vs Pakistan) . At old trafford one the finest off-spinners of his time Jim Laker created a record that will never be broken, taking 19 wickets for 90 runs including all 10 in the second innings in the fourth Ashes test.

Match figures

1st Innings 459 all out

1st Innings
84 all out
Jaker 9-37
Lock 1-37

Laker ended the Australian first innings with 7 wickets for 8 runs in 22 balls

2nd Innings following on
205 all out
Laker 10-53

Keith Hayhurst, vice-chairman of Lancashire CC, was 19 when he saw Laker’s amazing feat.

When he got his tenth there was a pitch invasion – people were claiming bits of turf. But in a way that was just exhilaration that we’d got them all out. It was an absolutely crucial win.

I don’t think Laker’s record will ever be beaten, particularly now you’ve got uncovered wickets. I’ve seen a lot of Shane Warne but he couldn’t get 20 wickets. It’s going to take a genius.

Next in line are Don Bradman's final test , shane warne's ball of the century.

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