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But Craig needed more than the moral support of cricket lovers and understanding mothers, and although he looked, as he always does, neat and full of talent this was more than he could cope with. He was undefeated, it is true, at tea, but he was leg-before playing back to an off-break in the second over afterwards. Before that, Burke, pushing forward at Lock, had been nicely caught by Cowdrey low to his right at slip and at the same score Mackay, his bat dangling like a lifeless pendulum, was caught in the gully. Oakman stooped in the maner of a giraffe for this low catch and he did the same, five minutes later, to catch Miller in Laker’s leg trap.


Australia’s Ken McKay is caught by Alan Oakman off the bowling of Jim Laker without scoring on the second day of the Test Match © Alpha Photo Press Agency

Second Day 27 July 1956


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