Endurance feat at Madras
All Today's Yesterdays - September 19 down the years
One of the great physical feats in Test cricket came to an end. The heat and humidity of Madras got to Dean Jones, but only in a physical sense. During his epic innings of 210, he was overcome by nausea on the pitch. After it, he was put on an intravenous drip. But he didn't bow the knee. Batting for eight and a half hours, he scored Australia's first Test double-century in India. Jones made a more modest 24 in the second innings, but every one of those runs was important: this was only the second tied Test in history.
A controversial bowler and successful coach was born. Although Wayne Clark was suspected of throwing during his career, Australia were so short of pace bowling during the early Packer years that he played in 10 Tests. Successfully too, taking 44 wickets at 28.72. Although he never took five wickets in an innings, he picked up four seven times, including five in the 1977-78 series against India and in both innings at Georgetown later that season. He coached Yorkshire to the County Championship title in 2001, their first since 1968.
Bangladesh's first Test captain was born. In their debut at that level, at Dhaka in 2000-01, Naimur Rahman also became the first Bangladeshi to take five wickets in an innings. His six wickets in India's total of 429 cost him 132 runs, and a second-innings total of 91 all out cost Bangladesh the match. Naimur had been playing one-day internationals since 1994-95, but without conspicuous success: he has an ODI bowling average of 98.62.
In a drawn Test at Harare, Stephen Fleming took his fifth catch of Zimbabwe's first innings, equalling a Test record first set by Australia's Vic Richardson in 1935-36. Fleming held another two catches in the second innings; his seven in the match equalled another Test record, first set by Richardson's grandson Greg Chappell in 1974-75.
A typically uninhibited 109 in only 94 balls by opener Shahid Afridi set Pakistan on the way to a total of 316 for 6 in 50 overs, more than enough to beat India and take a 3-1 lead in the Sahara Friendship Cup series.
If it's September 19 in Toronto, it must be an ODI win for Pakistan. This time they beat West Indies by seven wickets to win a DMC Trophy ODI and take the three-match series 3-0. Three times in the day, a seven-ball over was bowled by mistake. Slap on the wrist for umpires Steve Dunne of New Zealand and South Africa's Dave Orchard, but the match needed a touch of light humour.
1927 Dick Westcott (South Africa)