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Plenty of talent in the Waugh family
Plenty of talent in the Waugh family © Getty Images

A great few minutes for Australian cricket, as the Waugh brothers are born in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown. Steve, about four minutes older than Mark, made his Test debut five years before his brother lit up Adelaide with a dreamy 138 in 1990-91. Mark had been called up to replace Steve, but they eventually became the first twins to play in a Test together; in all they did it 108 times.

With the inaugural World Cup looming, snow swept across England, causing widespread disruption and the abandonment of play in two County Championship matches, while several others were prematurely ended as players shivered in temperatures of around 50 Fahrenheit. A letter in the Times warned that we were entering a new Ice Age. Five days later the tournament began... in temperatures in the high 70s as spectators sweltered in the heat.

Birth of one of the greatest bowlers of all time - George Lohmann. The statistics of his career are jaw-dropping: in 18 Tests he took 112 wickets at the average of 10.75. To put that in context: nobody else with 70 Test wickets has an average below 15. Lohmann took a wicket every 34 balls, and conceded just 1.88 runs per over. It was stealth and cunning that brought him his wickets rather than pace: he was little more than medium. In South Africa in 1895-96 he was utterly devastating, albeit against an extremely poor side. Lohmann took 35 wickets in three Tests at the average of 5.80. His strike-rate was a wicket every 14 balls - just over two overs. It was in South Africa that he died of tuberculosis in 1901, aged only 36.

Birth of a man who went on to become the oldest living Test cricketer. New Zealand batsman Lindsay "Dad" Weir inherited the title when England's Alf Gover died in October 2001, and held it until his death in October 2003, aged 95. Weir played 11 Tests, none of which his side won, and top-scored with 74 not out against South Africa in Christchurch in 1931-32, an innings in which nobody else scored more than 17.

Opening bowler Martin Suji, born today, played in three World Cups and three ICC Trophy competitions for Kenya. His finest moment in international cricket came in the 2003 World Cup Super Six match against Zimbabwe. Suji took 3 for 19 to catapult his side into the semi-final. But he was forced to sit on the sidelines as Kenya's infighting led to them being isolated from international cricket, and when they did eventually return in 2006, a serious knee injury ended his international career.

Birth of Sri Lankan allrounder Angelo Mathews. Though mostly known for his batting, his first big impact was with the ball, when he blew India away with 6 for 19 in a one-dayer at the Premadasa. He was the driving force in the world-record stand of 132 for the ninth wicket with Lasith Malinga in the game against Australia that Sri Lanka won by one wicket at the MCG. Often coming to the crease at No. 6, Mathews provides solidity to the lower-middle order and has played a part in some unforgettable finishes. In February 2013, he became Sri Lanka's youngest ever Test captain at 25.

Steven Smith, a promising Australian allrounder, is born. Smith began as a legspinner who was handy with the bat but turned into a batsman capable of occupying a specialist slot. He made his Test debut against Pakistan in 2010 but lost his place after five matches. He returned two years later, on Australia's tour to India, and made the most of his chance with a composed 92 in Mohali. His first Test century came the fifth Ashes Test of the 2013 series in England. His two hundreds in the home series against England played a big part in the whitewash, and he continued his fine run in the victorious series against South Africa that followed.

Birth of Jayantha Silva, the Sri Lankan left-arm spinner whose seven-Test career split into two distinct segments. Serve up Zimbabwean prey and he was lethal: in three Tests against them he took 16 wickets at an average of 10.12, including a couple of match-winning hands in Colombo in 1996-97. But in four Tests against India, Australia and Pakistan, Silva was plundered for four wickets at an average of 121.25.

Other birthdays
1917 Peggy Antonio (Australia)
1929 June Bragger (England)
1948 Trevor Jesty (England)
1955 Gerald Peckover (Zimbabwe)
1967 Clare O'Leary (Ireland)
1967 Alan Rutherford (Ireland)

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