On this day, in 1998, two men with equally great abilities decide to have a Tussle At Trent Bridge that will go down in history as one of the finest battles witnessed in the Test arena. England needed to save a Test and in their ranks, found a fearless warrior in the name of Mike Atherton. South Africa needed a win and sent in their Achilles aka Allan Donald.
The battle intensified once Mike Atherton was given not out after a caught behind off Mark Boucher. It enraged Allan Donald to a level that he started coming from around the wicket and threw some fiery bouncers, aiming at Atherton’s head. What transpired was one heck of a battle that saw Atherton barely managing to keep away a fearsome Donald, who during his prime was as quick a fast bowler as it gets.
Nasser Hussain who was at the other end with Mike Atherton at that time, was dropped by Mark Boucher later and that only further enraged Allan Donald to let out a roar of fury that reverberated through Trent Bridge but Mike Atherton managed to come out a storm, caused by White Lightning, unflustered.