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Eng vs Aus, 2nd Test, Lords 1975 - Eng 1st innings

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Uploaded on Mar 1, 2010

In the wake of the comprehensive defeat at Edgbaston, Mike Denness resigned as skipper and the ECB opted for South African-born Tony Greig as his replacement. Greig won the toss and batted on a flat Lord's deck, only to watch Wood, Edrich and Amiss all capitulate to Lillee. David Steele, a grey-haired 33-year-old plucked from county ranks at Greig's insistence, strode to the crease belatedly after the fall of Wood (Steele had taken a wrong turn in the Lord's pavilion and ended up in a bathroom instead of on the ground). Steele proceeded to do what few England batsman had done in the previous year - to hook and cut Lillee and Thomson's shorter deliveries but otherwise playing forward. He scored 50 (103 balls) in a remarkable debut. Greig drew determination from Steele's resolve and smashed 96 (129) while Knott (69) and Woolmer (33) also did their part. England's 315 was a fine effort given their appalling start. Lillee took four wickets, though at a heavier cost than usual.

Match scorecard:
http://www.cricinfo.com/ci/engine/mat...

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The Third Ump

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