Name: Jim Laker
Date of birth: 09/02/1922
International Team: N/A
Domestic Team: N/A
Bowling Style: Off break
Batting Style: Right-hand
- Test debut v West Indies at Bridgetown - Jan 21-26, 1948.
- Jim Laker's life changed forever in 1956 when he took an astonishing 19 Australian wickets for 90 in at Old Trafford. 9 for 37 in the first innings and 10 for 53 in the second - his right-arm off break decimating the oppostition.
- He honed his off-spin whilst in the army, and after being recommended by Andrew Kempton was signed by Surrey after a successful trial.
- His first encounter with Australia, playing for the MCC, saw him hit for nine sixes in a morning, but was picked for the first Test anyway and incredibly top-scored with 63 runs in 90 minutes in a total England score of 165.
- Often left out of the England side by the selectors, it was only his feat against Australia that turned the tide in his favour.
- Laker finished the 1956 Ashes series with 42 wickets.
- He became the first cricketer to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 1956 for his feats in the Ashes.
- Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1952.
International Career Overview
|Career Span:||1948-1959||Innings Bowled:||86|
|Highest Score:||63||Best bowling in Innings:||10/53|