“There has never been anything like it before, and the Australians came one by one to the slaughter.”
There has never been anything like it before, and the Australians came one by one to the slaughter convinced, it seemed, before they took strike that they had not long to live. All 10 wickets tumbled while 36 runs were being made and the villain of the piece, one felt, was not only the pitch. Nor was Laker’s brilliant exploitation of it wholly responsible for what happened. Psychology played its part; for the batsmen, once the storm had broken, made little effort to seek an answer to England’s spin, and in thinking there was not one they were wrong.
Jim Laker appealing for an lbw decision against Australia’s Ian Craig © Sport & General Press
Second Day 27 July 1956
Published on Jun 6, 2012