In case you didn’t know, today is the day some Australians with long memories have barbeques and drink beer on the anniversary of one of the greatest sporting performances of the 20th Century.
On January 26, 1989, Captain Grumpy, Allan Border, took 7 wickets for 46 runs against the West Indies at the SCG with his unconvincing slow left arm ‘unorthodox’ bowling, a momentous day in the history of not just Australia, but all of Oceania, and probably the entire Pacific rim, as Sir Viv Richards and most of human civilisation stood bewildered at the sight of a frustrated player with just 16 Test wickets in 99 matches making the most dominant batting lineup of the 1980s hole out time and time again.
A historic moment in history, because that day AB became the first Australian to play in 100 Test matches, and thanks to his 4-50 in the Windies second innings a few days later, Border became the first Australian Test captain to take 10 wickets in a match, finishing with figures of 11-96, and combined with his 75 in the first dig, picked up the most ironic Player Of The Match award of esteemed career as Australia won by 7 wickets.
However, despite my beliefs, Border doesn’t hold the record for the best innings figures by an Australian captain, which still belongs to Ian Johnson, who took 7-44 against the West Indies in 1955.
Fair dinkum, what is it with the Windies and getting carved up by Australian captains?