Personal information
Full nameJames Charles Laker
Born9 February 1922
Shipley, West Yorkshire
Died23 April 1986 (aged 64)
Putney, London
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight arm off break
International information
National sideEngland
Test debut (cap 328)21 January 1948 v West Indies
Last Test18 February 1959 v Australia
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1946–1959Surrey
1951/52Auckland
1962–1964Essex
Career statistics
CompetitionTestFirst-classMatches46450Runs scored6767,304Batting average14.0816.60100s/50s0/22/18Top score63113Balls bowled12,027101,370Wickets1931,944Bowling average21.2418.415 wickets in innings912710 wickets in match332Best bowling10/5310/53

Jim Laker (1948 -1959) – Jim Laker was the best
off-spinner for England during his playing days. He
picked 193 wickets in 46 matches at an average of
21.24.

He will ever be remembered for his spell of 19 wickets in a match against Australia in 1956.A right-arm off break bowler, Laker is generally regarded as one of the greatest spin bowlers in cricket history. In 1956, he achieved a still-unequalled world record when he took nineteen (of a maximum twenty) wickets in a Test match at Old Trafford Cricket Ground (Old Trafford) in Manchester, enabling England to defeat Australia in what has become known as Laker’s Match.

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