The England selectors decided to omit Trueman. Weighing Trueman’s value against Oakman’s was an intricate business, but one look at the pitch seemed to justify the choice. Miller’s gesture after bowling his first over certainly showed how he, for one, felt about it. It was a suggestion, if not of despair, at least of disappointment, for the pace about which there had been so much talk was nowhere to be found.
The bowlers had a job to make the ball rise much above the bails, the slips soon moved up a couple of steps, and, more important perhaps, there was dust flying away from the bowlers’ marks. Much of the grass which was growing on Wednesday had been shaved away by the hand mower, and no great powers of far-sightedness were needed to recognize the possibility that the ball might be turning quite sharply by the weekend. After an hour Johnson himself made one or two deviate off the arid patches, and everyone must have realized how lucky England had been to win the toss. World News 1956 — African-American seamstress Rosa Parks sparked a boycott across the South when she was arrested for refusing to move the back of a bus to accommodate a white passenger © Underwood Archives/Getty Images
First Day 26 July 1956