Test Cricket – Australia vs West Indies

Boxing Day, 26 December 1981

The next batsman in was Viv Richards, who got off the mark, and seemed to have survived the challenge.
There was one ball left in the day’s play.
Lillee started just inside the fence in front of Bay 13, steamed in, pitched full, beat the batsman all ends up, and Richards was bowled off an inside edge.
The crowd erupted.


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  1. Clive Lloyd’s West Indies team had just gone 15 Tests without a defeat. The Windies’ pace quartet of Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Joel Garner and Colin Croft were renowned for their speed and hostility.
    Australia had won the toss and elected to bat. Within the hour, both openers had been dismissed and Greg Chappell was out for his fourth successive duck for Australia. After the dismissal of Border, Australia were 26 for the loss of four wickets.
    Kim Hughes continued to play his shots, and kept his wicket intact by going on the attack. When the ninth wicket fell at 155, Hughes had reached 71. Tail-ender Alderman joined him at the wicket and managed to share a last wicket stand of 43 during which Hughes reached his hundred with a thrilling square cut for 4 off Garner. Hughes batted for 262 minutes and hit eleven 4s.
    Hughes remained unbeaten on 100 and Australia was dismissed for 198; Holding finished with 5/45.
    West Indies were left with 35 minutes’ batting on the first evening. Alderman had Bacchus, opening in place of the injured Greenidge, caught at fourth slip; Lillee, who began the match needing five wickets to beat Lance Gibbs’s record of 309 Test wickets, then had Haynes caught by Border at second slip. Croft, the night-watchman, was leg before, shuffling across his stumps in the same over.
    The next batsman in was Viv Richards, who got off the mark, and seemed to have survived the challenge. There was one ball left in the day’s play.
    Lillee started just inside the fence in front of Bay 13, steamed in, pitched full, beat the batsman all ends up, and Richards was bowled off an inside edge.
    The crowd erupted.
    Lillee did a war dance down the pitch and then kept on jogging towards the dressing room. He had taken 3/3, the Windies were 4/10, and Australia was right back in the match.
    West Indies were eventually all out for 201, which gave them a first-innings lead of only 3. By then the pitch had dried after the rain on the second day, and Australia seemed to be building a sizeable score as Wood, Laird and Border all played useful innings. Four wickets fell in the last hour of the third day as the pitch began to behave awkwardly, and Holding quickly finished off the innings the next morning. His eleven for 107 in the match was reward for some wonderful bowling and the best ever by a West Indian against Australia. David Murray, behind the stumps, took his tally of catches for the match to nine, a figure exceeded in Test cricket only by Bob Taylor’s ten at Bombay in 1979-80.
    West Indies final target was 220, but after Alderman had Bacchus leg before and bowled Richards in the second over of the innings they never looked likely to win.
    Australia went on to win by 58 runs on the back of Lillee’s ten for 127, and drew the series 1-1.

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