Legend Profiles > Jim Laker
- Date of Birth: 09.02.1922
- Bats: Right-hand
- Bowls: Off break
As with so many legends of Ashes battles gone by, spinner Laker will be remembered for one game in particular - the Old Trafford Test of the 1956 series.
Australia certainly seemed to bring out the best in the Yorkshire-born offie who spent the majority of his years as a Surrey player before coming out of retirement to end his career with a brief stint at Essex.
In his junior days he was a fast bowler before being persuaded to alter his trade. He never played for his home county due to World War II, and on his return from duty he settled in London.
Laker made his international debut on an MCC tour to the West Indies in 1947 before running into Bradman and the rest of 'The Invincibles' who arrived from Australia the following year.
His highlight of the series came with the bat, as he hit 63 at Lord's. However, he would have his revenge on the men from Down Under eight years later, dismissing all 10 of them not once but twice in the same summer.
Having taken 10-88 while playing against the tourists for Surrey, Laker repeated the trick when he picked up all 10 for just 53 runs in the second innings in Manchester, becoming the first man to ever achieve such a feat in a Test match.
What made his efforts even more remarkable was that he had dismissed nine Australians first time around, giving him amazing match figures of 19-90 - no other bowler has taken more than 17 in a first-class fixture. Spare a thought for Tony Lock, his spinning partner who wheeled away at the other end.
In total 79 of Laker's 193 Test wickets came against Australia. His last England appearance came on an Ashes tour in 1959.
International Career Stats:
|Career Span:||1948 - 1959|
|5 Wicket Innings:||8|
|10 Wicket matches:||1|
|Best bowling in Innings:||10/53|
|No batting stats|
|No bowling stats|
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