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PARTAB RAMCHAND | 30 NOVEMBER, 2017

This Week, That Age

This Week, That Age


For the week November 30 to Dec 6

1932: During the first Test of the `Bodyline’ series at Sydney the Nawab of Pataudi the third Indian Prince to play cricket for England emulates Ranji and Duleep by scoring a hundred in his first Test against Australia. The last of Herbert Sutcliffe’s 16 Test centuries is his highest (194) and with it he overtakes the world record of 15 by Jack Hobbs.

1961: The second Test between India and England at Kanpur is drawn after the visitors are forced to follow on by India for the first time in 26 matches. During his third hundred in successive Test innings Polly Umrigar becomes the first Indian to score 3000 runs in Tests.

1964: On the second day of the first Test between England and South Africa at Durban Ken Barrington scores his 11th hundred for England and his tenth overseas. He becomes the first to score a Test hundred in all seven Test playing countries.

1975: Australia defeat West Indies by eight wickets to go one up in the six-match series. Greg Chappell becomes the first player to score hundred in both innings of his first Test as captain. He is also the first Australian to achieve this feat twice in Test cricket.

1977: Australia defeat India by 16 runs in the first Test at Brisbane to go one up in the five-match series. Hit by several defections to Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket Australia recall Bob Simpson aged 41 to play his first Test since 1967-68.

1978: England defeat Australia by seven wickets in the first Test at Brisbane to go one up in the six-match series. This is England’s first victory at this venue since 1936-37.

1981: India defeat England by 138 runs in the first Test at Bombay to go one up in the six-match series. England are all out for the lowest total (102) by any visiting country in India and suffer their first defeat in eight matches on Bombay’s three Test grounds.

1984: India defeat England by eight wickets in the first Test at Bombay to go one up in the five-match series. The win ends a barren sequence of 31 matches. England’s eighth defeat of 1984 equals the fate of India in 1959. Ravi Shastri (142) and Syed Kirmani (102) add 235 runs for the seventh wicket which is India’s highest for this wicket against all countries. Mike Gatting scores his first Test hundred in his 54th innings.

1985: New Zealand defeat Australia by six wickets in the third Test at Perth to win their first series against the home side. Richard Hadlee finishes with a match haul of 11 wickets and his 33 wickets for the series is a record for New Zealand and the second-best for a three-Test series.

1988: West Indies defeat Australia by 169 runs in the second Test at Perth to go two up in the five-match series. Merv Hughes achieves the most convoluted hat trick in Test history. Having ended the first innings by dismissing Curtly Ambrose with the last ball of his 36th over and Patrick Patterson with his first ball of the 37th he then has Gordon Greenidge leg before with the first ball of the second innings.

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