One hundred years after the first Test match on Australian soil, cricketing greats of the past converged on the Melbourne Cricket Ground to witness the old foes duel once more. Yet for all their combined cricketing wisdom, no-one could foresee the remarkable match that would come to pass.
On debut, a brash young left-hander named Hookes would send the English Captain’s bowling to the boundary five times in a row, while Derek Randall, an irrepressible Notts batsman would compile a priceless 174 in the face of Lillee’s full fury. Rod Marsh’s gallant century would set a new mark for wicket-keepers and Rick McCosker would return to the crease in spite of a broken jaw. At the end of an amazing five days, Australia would be victorious by 45 runs; the exact margin of their victory in 1877.
As the teams left the field at the end of play, a new drama was unfolding while the MCG flags flapped atop the stands. Was a storm brewing, or was it merely the inevitable winds of change?
A blog by: Owen Zupp. Published author and lover of the great game of cricket