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Jim Laker


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1956
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Jim Laker
Cricketer
Jim Laker
   represented   
England
(1948-1959) An off-spinner, he was most famous for his extraordinary world record match figures of 19-90 (9-37 and 10-53) in the Test against Australia in 1956. Laker and left-arm spinner Tony Lock formed one of the best spin-bowling combinations in English cricket history. In the 1956 series he took 46 wickets at an average of 9.60. In all first-class cricket he took nearly 2 000 wickets. He was also a useful lower-order batsman who scored 2 first-class centuries.






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