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Fourth Test

2nd August 1956

Previous page — Jim Laker walks off the field at Old Trafford at the end of the Test Match © Empics

Letters to the Editor

To: The Editor of The Times Sir, Because Laker took 19 wickets for 90 runs in the fourth Test match, there is a tendency among the armchair critics to say that the soil of Old Trafford (“Oh my Hornby and my Barlow long ago”) has suddenly become treacherous and malevolent, and that it is all most unfair. I do not recall a similar wail being raised when Victor Trumper, Archie Maclaren, or Don Bradman used to make fabulous quantities of runs on practically every cricket ground under the sun. Might not the simple explanation of these phenomena be that the one is a devilish good bowler as the others were devilish good bats? After Agincourt, the French military commentators said it just was not fair and their horses could not be expected to gallop through all that mud; but the fact remains that the English bowmen were in capital form that day. Yours faithfully A. LASCELLES Brooks’s Club, St. James’s Street SW1

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