First test

The first cricket test currently being played between England and South Africa at Lord’s Cricket Ground has a Durban link. The 152-run partnership between between Ian Bell and Stuart Broad is England’s highest for the seventh wicket against South Africa since the 115 put up by Johnny Douglas and Morice Bird in Durban in the test which began on December 13, 1913. Funnily enough, the 1913 record was also played on a Lord’s Ground, which was Durban’s cricketing venue at the time.

I originally heard this snippet during the match commentary and it was confirmed by Steven Lynch of the wonderful Cricinfo site. Steven also gave the interesting information that Morice Bird made only 10 test appearances for England, all of which were in South Africa.

I heartilty recommend Cricinfo which carries live coverage of all important cricket matches, has match reports on every test and most first class matches ever played, and every imaginable batting, bowling and fielding record.


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