Keith Miller, one of the finest all-rounder was born on this day. This Aussie was a brilliant batsman and a genuine fast opening bowler. In his second Test match he took 7 for 60 against England as Australia won by an innings and 332 runs in Brisbane in 1946-47. But Miller was at his best in Australia’s tour of West Indies 1954-55, when he scored three hundreds in six innings, and took 20 wickets. Australia won the series 3-0. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1954. Miller played a total of 55 Test matches.
Chandu Borde, Wes Hall and Basil Butcher made their debut in a drawn Test match between India and West Indies in Bombay. Chandu Borde, who was one of India’s leading all-rounder did not have a memorable debut as he went wicketless in the match. However, the West Indians made full use of the condition. Hall took four wickets and Butcher made a patient 64 in the second innings.
Nick Knight, one of the best one-day players during his time, was born on this day. The England batsman had an array of shots by which he used to take full advantage of the field restriction in the first 15 overs. But Knight never really established himself in the Test team.
Michael Holding, the great fast bowler made his debut against Australia in Brisbane. It was a debut to forget for the legendary West Indian as he took 0 for 127 in the match. Even West Indies lost the match and eventually the series.
The first one-day match where fielding restriction was introduced. It was played between England and West Indies. England won by two runs in Sydney.
Adrian Barath, a centurion in his second innings in test career, was born on this day. The nineteen-year-old Carribean player made a hundred at the Gabba. However, West Indies lost the Test by over an innings.