On This Day: 16th January in Cricket History

Let’s embark on a journey through cricket’s annals and revisit some memorable moments that unfolded on January 16.

2022: Australia Dominates Ashes Series

The Ashes series between Australia and England concluded on this day with a resounding victory for the Aussies. In the fifth Test, a day-night match in Hobart, Australia displayed their dominance. Travis Head, named Player of the Series with 357 runs, shone again with a century. England, struggling throughout the series, managed only 188 in their first innings. This victory sealed one of the most one-sided Ashes series ever, with England averaging just 19.18 with the bat, marking Joe Root’s tenth defeat in an Ashes Test.

1933: Adelaide Test Controversy

In the infamous Adelaide Test of 1933, tensions escalated after revelations of a conversation between Bill Woodfull and Pelham Warner. Mounted police were deployed, and an already angered crowd became incensed when Bert Oldfield was struck on the head by Harold Larwood. Despite disturbances, the day ended without further incidents.

2017: Bangladesh’s Record and Williamson’s Brilliance

In Wellington, Bangladesh declared at 595/8, setting a record for the highest total by a team that eventually lost. However, New Zealand bowled them out for 160 in the second innings, and Kane Williamson’s brilliant innings led to a successful chase of 217 in under 40 overs. Shakib Al Hasan’s double-century and Williamson’s century made this Test memorable.

1993: Dean Jones’ Bold Request

During the World Series final in Sydney, Dean Jones made headlines by demanding Curtly Ambrose to remove his white wristbands, claiming they disturbed his concentration. Ambrose, incensed but complying, went on to take 5 for 32, leading Australia to defeat.

2016: Broad’s Dominance in Johannesburg

Stuart Broad continued his stellar form by taking 6 for 17 in Johannesburg, dismissing South Africa for 83. England easily chased the target, securing a 2-0 lead in the series. South Africa lost their No. 1 Test ranking to India after this defeat.

2006: Fog Disrupts Record Pursuit

In a Test between India and Pakistan, Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid approached a significant batting record with an opening stand of 410. However, fog disrupted play on the final day, and Sehwag fell at 410. The record was eventually broken two years later.

1931: Bradman’s Double-Century

Don Bradman scored his fourth double-century in less than seven months, leading Australia to an innings victory over West Indies in Brisbane. Bradman’s 223, the highest innings by an Australian at home then, contributed to a formidable partnership with Bill Ponsford.

1956: Birth of Wayne Daniel

Known as “Black Diamond,” Wayne Daniel, born on this day, was a fearsome fast bowler for Middlesex in the late 1970s. While not the scariest, he added a menacing touch to county cricket during his time.

1990: Alderman’s Five-for Secures Victory

Terry Alderman’s five lbws in the second innings led Australia to victory over Pakistan at the MCG in the first Test. Despite a hundred from Ijaz Ahmed, Australia won by 92 runs.

1911: Birth of Ivan Barrow

West Indian wicketkeeper Ivan Barrow, born on this day, played 11 Tests between 1930 and 1939. He made history with the first centuries by West Indian batters in England, including a memorable partnership with George Headley.

1997: Stuart’s Hat-Trick

Australian seamer Anthony Stuart claimed a hat-trick in his last match on this day against Pakistan in Melbourne. His record of eight wickets at 13.62 wasn’t enough to secure a more extended international career.

1996: Sri Lanka’s Convincing ODI Win

Sri Lanka chased down 243 to beat Australia in a one-dayer at the MCG, showcasing their prowess ahead of the forthcoming World Cup. Romesh Kaluwitharana’s rapid 50 played a significant role in the convincing victory.

These moments, spanning different eras, reflect the rich tapestry of cricket history on January 16. As we celebrate these milestones, the legacy of the sport continues to thrive.

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