On This Day: 8th January in Cricket History

Let’s take a trip down memory lane to revisit significant events that happened in the world of cricket on this day, January 8.

1991: Birth of Josh Hazlewood

  • Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood was born on this day. At the age of 17, he became the youngest fast bowler to be picked by New South Wales. He made his Test debut in 2014 against India, taking seven wickets in his first appearance. Hazlewood played a crucial role in various series, including the Ashes in 2015 and 2019. In ODIs, he excelled in his control, similar to his idol Glenn McGrath, and was part of Australia’s winning squads in the 2015 and 2023 World Cups.

1923: Birth of Johnny Wardle

  • Talented left-arm spinner Johnny Wardle was born on this day. Known for his unorthodox deliveries, including left-arm wristspinners and wrong’uns, he played a crucial role in the 1956-57 series in South Africa, taking 26 wickets. Despite a successful Test career, his controversial sacking by Yorkshire ended his international journey.

2018: South Africa defends 208

  • In a low-scoring Test match in Cape Town, South Africa successfully defended 208 against India, winning by 72 runs. Vernon Philander’s career-best 6 for 42 in the second innings played a crucial role in South Africa’s victory.

1909: Birth of Bruce Mitchell

  • Bruce Mitchell, who scored the most Test runs for South Africa before their readmission, was born on this day. Mitchell accumulated 3471 runs at an impressive average of 48.88 during his nearly 20-year Test career.

1949: Birth of Lawrence Rowe

  • The talented West Indian batter Lawrence Rowe was born on this day. Despite facing persistent eye trouble and grass allergies, Rowe made a mark in cricket, becoming the only player to hit a century and a double-century on his debut.

1901: New South Wales scores 918

  • New South Wales completed their innings of 918 against South Australia in Sydney on this day. The innings, made in only 560 minutes, set a world record until 1922-23.

1973 and 1981: Greg Chappell’s best figures

  • Greg Chappell achieved his career-best Test and one-day figures on the same day, eight years apart. In 1973, he took 5 for 61 in the Sydney Test against Pakistan, and in 1981, he recorded figures of 5 for 15 against India in a one-day match.

1991: Carl Rackemann’s crucial innings

  • Carl Rackemann’s 107-minute 9 played a crucial role in Australia grabbing a draw in the third Test against England in Sydney. Australia went on to win the series 2-0.

1961: Birth of Shoaib Mohammad

  • Shoaib Mohammad, son and nephew of famous cricketers, was born on this day. He contributed to Pakistan’s success with seven Test centuries during his career.

1913: Birth of Dennis Smith

  • Dennis Smith, who holds the unique record of taking his only Test wicket with his first ball, was born on this day. He bowled England’s Eddie Paynter in 1932-33.

2018: Australia wins Ashes 4-0

  • Australia secured a 4-0 Ashes series win with an innings victory in Sydney. Shaun and Mitchell Marsh became the third pair of Australian brothers to score centuries in the same Test innings.

Other birthdays

  • Jack Iddon (1902, England)
  • Champaka Ramanayake (1965, Sri Lanka)
  • Desmond Chumney (1968, Canada)
  • Clare Shillington (1981, Ireland)
  • Tino Mawoyo (1986, Zimbabwe)

These are just a few glimpses of the cricketing history that unfolded on January 8 over the years. Each of these moments adds a unique chapter to the rich tapestry of cricket history.

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