The Fourth Test Match at Old Trafford in 1956 between England and Australia is one of, if not the, most memorable games of cricket ever played. It was remarkable for the simple reason that one man, Jim Laker, dismissed all but one of the Australian batsman over the course of four rain interrupted days. The reports of the match from The Times are re-printed here in their entirety, together with photographs of news events, sport and daily life of 1956 as a backdrop to this unique sporting achievement. This book forms part of a Turnover series published by The Times, which is named for the editorial policy of the paper to begin important articles on the recto page of the paper, requiring the reader to “turnover” to finish the story.
Published on Jun 6, 2012