Ashes 1958-59: England's pre-tour troubles with Jim Laker and Johnny Wardle

Even before the Marylebone Cricket Club(MCC) team set out for Australia, captain Peter May was plagued by multiple problems — especially in the spin department. Jim Laker almost withdrew after severe altercation with the skipper. And after the team was announced, Johnny Wardle’s name had to be erased in the after-shock of his issues with the Yorkshire management. Arunabha Sengupta traces the domestic problems before the foreign venture.

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Ashes 1909: Warwick Armstrong keeps debutant Frank Woolley waiting for 19 minutes by bowling trial balls

August 10, 1909. As Frank Woolley waited to face his first ball in Test cricket at The Oval, Warwick Armstrong kept bowling trial deliveries for 19 minutes. Arunabha Sengupta relives the tactics that kept the young Kent batsman on tenterhooks leading to his cheap dismissal and prompted a change in the laws.

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