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5 bowlers who took the most wickets on Test debut

Ram Kumar
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10.28K   //    17 Dec 2017, 06:18 IST

#3 Fred Martin - 12/102 (1890)

Fred Martin
Fred Martin's Test career was restricted to just two appearances

With most England cricketers of yore preferring the County circuit to the then nascent international arena, it does not come across as a surprise that Fred Martin's Test career comprised just two appearances. In sharp contrast, he played as many as 315 first-class matches for Kent between 1885 and 1900.

The left-arm medium pacer's debut Test was a memorable match. On an uncovered surface at The Oval, Martin wreaked havoc on an unsuspecting Australian batting lineup. His 6/50 sent the visitors crashing to 92 in the first-innings. England did not fare much better either. Even as skipper WG Grace was dismissed for a duck, they could only muster a lead of eight runs.

However, Martin once again procured momentum for England by bowling unchanged right throughout the Australian second innings. His six-wicket haul from 30.2 overs helped raze the tourists for just 102. Chasing a paltry target on a dodgy pitch, England managed to complete a thrilling two-wicket victory.

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