- It is 31 July 1956. Old Trafford, Manchester. Len Maddocks is rapped on the pad and, after a pregnant pause, Emrys Davies comes out of his squat and jabs his finger towards the batsman.
- After more than 150 second-innings overs, England have finally sealed victory and the exhausted bowler takes his sweater from the umpire and strides from a pitch now bathed in sunshine.
- A few team-mates offer hearty handshakes, others a pat on the back in reward for a fine Test’s work. But this has not been merely a fine Test for Jim Laker.
- From more than 50 years hence the formal congratulations seem almost comically muted, for he is walking off the pitch having taken all 10 Australian wickets in the innings and in doing so recorded the finest bowling figures of all time – 19 for 90.
|19–90||Jim Laker||Australia||Manchester, England,||1956|
|17–159||Sydney Barnes||South Africa||Old Wanderers, Johannesburg||1913–14|
|16–136||Narendra Hirwani||West Indies||M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||1987–88|
|16–137||Bob Massie||England||Lord’s, London||1972|
|16–220||Muttiah Muralitharan||England||The Oval, London||1998|
|Last updated: 15 June 2016|