Photo: Trent Bridge 1996
Menacing in Nottingham
If you want an action-packed shot, in photographic and batting terms, you can scarcely do better than this one taken at Trent Bridge in 1996. Sachin Tendulkar's fierce cut - minimalist in style when compared to Brian Lara's rotating wrists and shoulders - puts Nasser Hussain and Jack Russell on the defensive. All three are frozen at a different elevation, so much so that it looks like three separate cut-outs have been pasted together to make an unreal photo.
Tendulkar gave a chance before scoring but Atherton failed to hold on at gully. He went on to score 177, his tenth Test century and fourth against England. Hussain also made a hundred, his second in the series, but had to to retire hurt when he fractured his right index finger on the final over of day three. Russell took three catches and was dismissed for a fifth-ball duck.
The Test was drawn and England won the series 1-0. In 11 more Tests in England, Tendulkar scored only one more hundred, though he was dismissed in the 90s three times.