“Yesterday Laker and Lock would have got more from the turf than Benaud and Johnson because they have greater powers of spin.”
But Australia bowled as indecisively as they can have done for a long while. They appeared downhearted that the pitch was so slow, and if, as seems likely, it crumbles within the next day or two, they will have grounds for feeling that the dice are loaded against them. Yesterday Laker and Lock would have got more from the turf than Benaud and Johnson because they have greater powers of spin. They might even have been unpleasant, but that is not really relevant. The point is, that in a Test match of five days in fine weather, the toss should not be all‑important, and both sides in their first innings, at any rate, should expect to find similar conditions. Perhaps that may yet happen, but one doubts it.
World News 1956 — an Egyptian woman chasing the cart carrying the body of her dead son through the streets of Port Said, which was occupied by the Allied forces during the Suez Crisis © Terry Fincher/Getty Images
First Day 26 July 1956