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Trumper's solo onslaught

An Australian legend makes a classic double-century in Adelaide

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Victor Trumper: Australia's greatest batsman until Bradman
Victor Trumper: Australia's greatest batsman until Bradman © PA Photos
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1911
In many people's view, Victor Trumper was the greatest batsman of all time. When you look at his Test average of 39.04, remember the appalling minefields he had to bat on - and believe the brilliance with which he did it. On this day in Adelaide he reached his double-century against South Africa, who won the match partly because no one else scored more than 54 in this Australian innings. Trumper's 214 is one of the highest Test scores in a losing cause.

2005
Bangladesh achieved their first Test victory, in their 35th Test, more than four years after their debut. And as in the rest of their successes, left-arm spinners played a big role in the win, over Zimbabwe by 226 runs in Chittagong. Habibul Bashar scored 94, and Mohammad Rafique made 69 and took five wickets to give Bangladesh a first-innings lead of 176. Bashar scored another half-century in the second innings and then Enamul Haque jnr took 6 for 45 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 154. Bangladesh's next Test win came four years later, against a depleted West Indies side that was missing its key players because of a strike.

1985
Indian allrounder Ravi Shastri smashed the fastest double-century of all time for Bombay in their Ranji Trophy zonal match against Baroda, taking just 113 minutes to reach 200 not out. In the course of his innings he become only the second batsman to hit six sixes in an over (after Garry Sobers in 1968), Tilak Raj being the unfortunate bowler. A week earlier Shastri had crawled to a seven-hour hundred against England in Calcutta.

1903
No one could accuse Hugh Motley Thurlow (who was born today) of being a giant in Test cricket, but he trod in the footsteps of one. Don Bradman, the first player to score two Test triple-centuries, very nearly hit another on this day. Against South Africa in Adelaide in 1931-32, the Don made 299 not out before Thurlow, batting at No. 11, ran himself out. In contrast with everything Bradman achieved, poor "Pud" Thurlow played in only this one Test, finishing with no runs, no wickets and no catches.

1930
Christchurch hosted the first day of the first Test to be played in New Zealand. Playing for one of two England teams touring at the time (the other went to the Caribbean), the debutant Maurice Allom took four wickets in five balls, including a hat-trick, to help dismiss the hosts for 112 (Roger Blunt 45 not out) on the way to winning the match by eight wickets.

1933
No great success at Test level, especially in the 1962-63 Ashes series, Len Coldwell, who was born today, was one of the great county stalwarts. Among his 1474 first-class wickets were the 139 that nearly won Worcestershire the Championship in 1962. He and Jack Flavell got there before long, bowling the county to consecutive titles, the first in their history, in 1964 and 1965.

1935
A horrible old sticky dog of a pitch led to a very low-scoring Test in Bridgetown. After two declarations and some furious juggling of both batting orders, Wally Hammond hit a six to win the match by four wickets and give England a series lead they couldn't hold. Eric Hollies was among the nine debutants in the match - five for England and four for West Indies.

1981
Jehan Mubarak, born today in Washington DC, returned to Sri Lanka to attend the Royal College, a breeding ground for future internationals. He made his Sri Lanka debut in 2002 and narrowly missed a maiden half-century in his second Test, in Centurion. He made his ODI debut later that year but failed to live up to the promise - averaging 16.57 in his 20 games. He was not picked for the 2007 World Cup and while he has played off and on thereafter, he has been on the sidelines more often than not.

1917
Left-arm pace bowler Tyrell Johnson, who was born today, played in only one match for West Indies, at The Oval in 1939, but it was enough for him to join the select list of bowlers who have taken a wicket with their first ball in Tests. England opener Walter Keeton played on to his first delivery, and Johnson also caught and bowled Len Hutton, but the war wrecked his chances of any more caps.

Other birthdays
1871 Ike Travers (Australia)
1975 James Kirtley (England)
1978 Johan van der Wath (South Africa)
1979 Victor Grandia (Netherlands)
1981 Alamgir Kabir (Bangladesh)

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