An infamous spat in Manchester. It's a fair bet that Aqib Javed and umpire Roy Palmer don't exchange Christmas cards, and though their quarrel wasn't up there with Mike Gatting v Shakoor Rana, it was pretty unedifying nonetheless. As the Old Trafford Test between England and Pakistan drifted away on the fourth evening, Aqib decided to spice things up by working over Devon Malcolm with a barrage of bouncers. He was officially warned, and at the end of the over, Aqib complained that Palmer had handed him his sweater with what the Wisden Almanack described as " more emphasis than usual, probably because it was caught in his belt". Aqib's captain, Javed Miandad, didn't help matters at all. Nor did the match referee Conrad Hunte, who was decisive only in his indecisiveness. It overshadowed a good game: Aamir Sohail creamed 205 on the first day, and David Gower stroked Aqib sumptuously through the covers on the fourth to pass Geoff Boycott's then-record of Test runs by an Englishman.
It would be the killer entry on most people's CV, but Steve Waugh's twin centuries against England at Old Trafford probably only come in second place, behind his 200 in Jamaica in 1994-95. This was some consolation prize. Australia were in big trouble - 1-0 down and 160 for 7 - but Waugh kept them in a game with a brilliant, counter-attacking 108. And when Shane Warne secured a first-innings lead (aided by one of the greater stumpings in Test history,
Forget the Waughs, the first twins to play in the same Test came from New Zealand. Rose and Liz Signal both made their debuts in the first Test against England at Leeds in July 1984. There the comparison with the Waughs end. It was Rose's only Test, and Liz only played five more times.
Another Old Trafford Test heroic batting display . From Robert Croft. Croft survived over three hours for 37 not out, in the process salvaging a draw for England against South Africa. It kept England alive at 1-0, though they were barely breathing, having been battered here and in defeat at Lord's. Croft's reward was the axe for the last two Tests.
Test cricket's first triple-centurion is born. Andrew Sandham played 14 Tests and 23 innings for England. In 21 of them he made 402 runs . and in the other two he made 477. That included a monstrous 325 in Jamaica in 1929-30, in Sandham's last Test, when he was pushing 40 years of age. Sandham was at his best square of the wicket, and made over 40,000 first-class runs. Most of them came for Surrey, where he and Jack Hobbs were a formidable opening partnership - they shared 66 century stands. Sandham also later coached Surrey. He died in Westminster in 1982.
In Glamorgan, a cricketer-turned-broadcaster is born. Most people remember Tony Lewis as the smooth, unsullied face of the BBC's Test coverage in the 1990s. But he was also the last man to captain England on Test debut. That was at Delhi in 1972-73, when Lewis got a duck - and then guided England to victory with 70 not out in the second innings on Christmas Day. He added his only Test century at Kanpur later in that series, but played only nine Tests in all. After a long career with the BBC, including one unfortunate four-letter outburst live on air in 1991, he became president of MCC, and then chairman of the Welsh Tourist Board.
Birth of the first black African to play for South Africa. Makhaya Ntini's career looked doomed when he was convicted of rape in 1999, but the decision was overturned and he is now fully established in his team.
A crushing win for Pakistan at Headingley. In a miserably rain-affected summer, this was the only result of the five-Test series. The inspiration came from Imran Khan, who took 3 for 37 and 7 for 40, and in the process become the first Pakistani to take 300 Test wickets. And Salim Malik began an unlikely Headingley love affair. Here he made 99, the highest score in the match, and on a terrible pitch in 1992 he made 82 and 84, both not out. In all Malik averaged 108 there.
The day David Lloyd made the only half-century of his nine Tests. He was enjoying himself so much that he carried on to 214 not out, against India at Edgbaston. This was only Lloyd's second Test, and he was on the field for the whole match. It was also his highest first-class score, and England won losing only two wickets in the match. Sunil Gavaskar fell to the first ball of the match - the first such instance. He was given lbw by Bill Alley, who was officiating his first ball in Test cricket.
1939 Man Sood (India)
1958 Mark Benson (England)