Jim Laker      

Full name James Charles Laker

Born February 9, 1922, Frizinghall, Bradford, Yorkshire

Died April 23, 1986, Putney, London (aged 64 years 73 days)

Major teams England, Auckland, Essex, Surrey

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

James Charles Laker
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 46 63 15 676 63 14.08 0 2 2 12 0
First-class 450 548 108 7304 113 16.60 2 18 270 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 46 86 12027 4101 193 10/53 19/90 21.24 2.04 62.3 13 9 3
First-class 450 101370 35791 1944 10/53 18.41 2.11 52.1 127 32
Career statistics
Test debut West Indies v England at Bridgetown, Jan 21-26, 1948 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Melbourne, Feb 13-18, 1959 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1946 - 1964/65

Wisden Overview
Jim Laker will always be remembered for his bowling in the Test match at Old Trafford in 1956, when he took 19 Australian wickets for 90, 9 for 37 in the first innings and 10 for 53 in the second. No other bowler has taken more than seventeen wickets in a first-class match, let alone in a Test match. The feat is unique and, rash though it may seem to say, may well remain so. Ten wickets in an innings, more than any other achievement in cricket, must contain a large element of luck: however well a man bowls, the odds must always be that his partner will pick up a wicket. In this case these odds were heavier than usual because Lock at the other end was, on such a wicket, as great a spinner as Laker and bowled superbly. What turned the scale was that Laker was bowling off-breaks whereas Lock relied on the left-armer's natural leg-break, and the Australians at that period were wholly inexperienced in playing off-breaks, especially on a wicket which, heavily marled and almost devoid of grass, might have been designed for an off-spinner.

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Aug 31, 2006

Cover of <I>19-90: Jim Laker</I> by Brian Scovell

Cover of 19-90: Jim Laker by Brian Scovell

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Jim Laker in action, Surrey v Australia, The Oval, May 1956

Jim Laker in action

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Oct 26, 1975

David Steele receives the BBC TV Grandstand Cricketer of the Year award from Jim Laker, England, October 26, 1975

David Steele receives the BBC TV Grandstand Cricketer of the Year award from Jim Laker

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1952

New Zealand Cricket Almanack Player of the Year 1952

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 1956