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Harsh Thakor

50th anniversary of Bob Massie debut test when he captured 16 wickets

Bob Massie 1972 16 wicket haul Lords in test debut how great?  

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  1. 1. How great was Bob Massie 's 1972 16 wicket haul Lords in test debut ?

    • Best ever by any cricketer on debut
    • Best by any fast bowler on debut
    • Best ever fast-medium bowling performance
    • Best ever debut by bowler
    • Best ever bowling in a test by an Australian

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Today we celebrate 50 years since Bob Massie made Test Cricket's most spectacular and astonishing debut,capturing 16 wickets,with 8 wickets apiece n each innings.Arguably test cricket's best ever debut performance by a cricketer let alone a bowler.Massie took art of swing to regions rarely transcended ,exploiting the seaming conditions to the fullest.He pitched the ball in exactly the correct spot to let the wicket and conditions do the rest.Line and length absolutely immaculate ,moving the ball in and out. The bal that dismissed Geof Boycott was beauty which penetrated his  impregnable defense to crash though his gate.It created he base for the renaissance Australian cricket under Ian Chappell.The batsmen were totally bemused which direction the ball was travelling.Possibly the best ever exhibtion of fast-medium swing.


Sadly he faded after only playing 6 more tests.Earlier he also gave a striking blow to the Rest of he World team in 1972.




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Just saw the video … A very good spell mixing outswingers & inswingers, and short balls & yorkers. 

Because the video is a highlight of wkts, it will not show that he bowled a few outswingers and then an inswinger, and so on. Some batsmen got out trying to play shots in certain areas, which hints at a tight spell and smart field placements. 

Overall, great debut! 

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