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Wisden Cricinfo staff
August 8, 2003
All Today's Yesterdays - August 8 down the years
Birth of England's prime seam bowler Angus Fraser. Even after a major hip operation had reduced his pace and hostility, he twice took eight wickets in a Test innings in the West Indies. His first Test victim was Steve Waugh, dismissed for the first time in the 1989 series after scoring 393 runs. Big Gus finished with 177 Test wickets and only injury stopped him reached the 200 he'd set his sights on.
At long last, Pakistan's innings of 708 at The Oval came to an end. The highest in their Test history, it made sure of a draw and a 1-0 win in the series. England were in the field for more than two days, bowling 220.3 overs, with Ian Botham taking 3 for 217.
The end of another West Indian thrashing for England. They avoided a third consecutive blackwash, but a 4-0 scoreline brooks no argument. In this final Test at The Oval, Graham Gooch's first as captain, England took a first-innings lead after a storming display from Neil Foster, but they couldn't finish it off. It's not hard to see why - this really was a motley English crew, including Messrs Curtis, Bailey, Maynard, Capel, Richards and Childs. You don't beat Viv Richards and Co with that little lot.
According to Wisden, offspinner Lance Gibbs used "pace and skilful variations of flight rather than prodigious spin" to take 6 for 39 at Headingley. England's innings defeat gave West Indies a winning 3-0 lead in the series.
Birth of Dilip Sardesai, whose stubbornness served India best in the Caribbean in 1970-71, when his three Test centuries included a career-best 212 at Kingston. He averaged 80.25 as India won the series 1-0.
Birth of Bill Voce, Harold Larwood's henchman in the 1932-33 Bodyline series and heroic mainstay of the attack in 1936-37, when he took 17 wickets in the first two Tests before Don Bradman turned a 2-0 deficit into a unique 3-2 win. Big Bill returned to Australia in 1946-47, but he was past his best and took 0 for 161 in his final two Tests.
Birth of Jack Ryder, the first batsman to score six consecutive Test fifties. His unbeaten 201 against England at Adelaide in 1924-25 is in The Wisden 100. Australia won by just 11 runs to take a winning 3-0 lead in the series. He was the losing captain in the 1928-29 Ashes series.
At the age of 66, WG Grace played his last match in club cricket, for Eltham at home to Northbrook. In an anticlimactic end for such a colossus, he didn't bat or bowl and the match ended in a draw.
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Graeme Smith was the last of South Africa's old guard. The roots of the new one need to grow deeper