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From the Archives, 1994: Mark Taylor’s unwanted record


First revealed in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald on October 1, 1994

Waqar Younus celebrates as Mark Taylor makes a pair. Friday, Sept. 30, 1994 at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Waqar Younus celebrates as Mark Taylor makes a pair. Friday, Sept. 30, 1994 at the National Stadium in Karachi.Credit:B.Okay.Bangash, AP


KARACHI, Friday: Mark Taylor’s thoughts should have been a vortex of conflicting feelings immediately as he grew to become the first man to make a pair on his debut as Test captain, however his Australian crew edged just a little nearer to what can be an historic victory over Pakistan.

David Boon’s thoughts was mounted resolutely on that win as he outlived two probabilities, a controversial incident involving Pakistani leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed and a hat-trick supply from Wasim Akram to make 85 not out.

That innings redoubled in worth close to stumps when Australia’s trigger was set again gravely by three speedy dismissals. Mark Waugh (61) was bowled by Waqar Younis to complete one other century partnership with Boon, and Michael Bevan and Steve Waugh have been shot out for geese in consecutive balls by Akram in the subsequent over.

Australia had misplaced 3/3 in six balls, and limped again into the dressing room at 5/181. But its lead is 262, and though the pitch stays agency, each Pakistani spinners have been extracting important spin. Shane Warne’s fingers are clicking, Pakistan’s batting is proficient, however brittle, and a fourth-innings goal of past 250 will certainly be past its powers. More than two days stay.

It was one other eventful, absorbing and continuously tense day at the National Stadium. Australia took the final three wickets of Pakistan’s first innings in simply greater than an hour in the morning to ascertain a primary innings lead of 81

Australia’s second innings started disastrously when Taylor frolicked his bat, latterly simply an accoutrement, at a supply angled throughout him in Waqar’s first over and wicketkeeper Rashid Latif accepted the catch. It was all that umpire Dickie Bird, who has witnessed loads of tragedy in his record 61 Tests, may bear to formalise the dismissal by elevating his finger.

Taylor had made just one duck in his 54 Tests earlier than this match, and had by no means made a pair in first-class cricket. It will scarcely enhance his humour to know that each Richie Benaud and Allan Border additionally made pairs whereas main Australia. He has now made just one double-figure rating in seven innings in tour, and his kind, till now dismissed as the rub of the inexperienced, should now be formally a priority.

Source: www.smh.com.au


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