On This Day, January 13: John Snow picked 7 for 40 to demolish Australia

England’s fiery fast-bowler John Snow bowled a blistering spell against Australia in the fourth Test in 1971, on this day. In the Sydney Test match, Snow sent chills down the Australian batters’ spine with a fiery spell of bowling. He ended with the figures of 7 for 40, helping his team bowl out Australia for a paltry 116.

  • This was not a pitch where a fast-bowler was expected to perform like that. As per the Wisden Almanack, “the pitch was without pace, but Snow… made the ball kick viciously from a worn patch and had his opponents apprehensive from first ball to last.”

    When the Australians were back in the hut, all-out for just 116, they had a relief that they returned to the dressing room without any injury.

    England won the match by a massive margin of 299 runs to get 1-0 up in the series.