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Birth of England fast bowler James Anderson
Few rises have been as meteoric as birthday boy James Anderson's. In the summer of 2002 he was playing club cricket in Lancashire; by February 2003 he was bowling England to victory over Pakistan in the World Cup. By May he had taken five wickets on his Test debut, at Lord's. But he soon lost his bowling mojo and spent a frustrating winter on the fringes of the Test team, before coming back with six wickets in the historic Mumbai Test win of 2006. In 2008, as Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison faded, Anderson stepped up to take the mantle of England's spearhead. New Zealand were blown away at Trent Bridge (Anderson 7 for 43) and that was the start of a purple patch, during which he went on to earn a reputation as one of England's great bowlers. In June 2013 he passed Fred Trueman on England's all-time wicket-list during the first Test at Trent Bridge.
In the first over of the fourth morning at Old Trafford, Dominic Cork became the first England player to take a Test hat-trick since Peter Loader in 1957. After bowling England to victory on debut at Lord's, Cork's wickets just kept coming, almost as quickly as the champagne puns kept flowing in the British press. Bowling wicket to wicket with a hint of movement, Cork bowled West Indies captain Richie Richardson off an inside edge, before trapping their wicketkeeper, Junior Murray, and Carl Hooper lbw. West Indies, who had resumed on their overnight 159 for 3, slumped to 161 for 6, and despite the best efforts of Brian Lara, who made a brilliant 145, they were unable to avoid a six-wicket defeat. For good measure, Cork had added a maiden half-century, 56 not out, in the first innings.
Suicide of the mighty Albert Trott. The first bowler to take eight wickets in an innings on his Test debut, he played for both Australia and England and is still the only man to hit a ball over the pavilion at Lord's.
Death of the first great Caribbean batsman. After appearing against an England team in 1906, George Challenor played for the first official West Indies Test team, at Lord's in 1928, by which time he was only five days short of his 40th birthday.
Birth of the luckless Dr Roy Park. It's said that when his wife dropped her knitting at the MCG in 1920-21, she missed her husband's entire Test career as a batsman. He'd been kept up all night before his debut for Australia against England, and was dismissed by the only ball he faced in Test cricket.
The tragic and painful death of Charlie Absolom. A batsman who scored 52 in his only Test for England, he was killed when a crane tipped a crate of sugar over him in Trinidad.
Perth-born Dean Brownlie moved to New Zealand in 2009, qualifying to play for them through his Christchurch-born father Jim. A middle-order batsman, Brownlie made his first-class debut for Canterbury in the 2010-11 season. He made his international debut in a T20 against Pakistan in December 2010. He received his Test cap from Chris Harris in Bulawayo in 2011 and began well, scoring three half-centuries in his first six innings.
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