Most of the players who made their debut in this match could not show their potential. But some records are still recorded in the cricket record books. Jim Laker, Everton Weeks, Clyde Walcott among others made their debut that day.
We see two, four or five players making their debut in a match. But, 12 players making their debut at the same time is not only unique but also surprising. Cricket history has one such international match where 12 players made their Test debut simultaneously. We have to go back 75 years to know about this match. This match was held in 1948. In this two teams West Indies vs England faced each other.
It was the first match of the Test series between the two countries on January 21, 1948. As it is today, let’s remember that wonderful match. Most of the players who made their debut in that match could not show their potential. But some records are still recorded in the cricket record books. Jim Laker, Everton Weeks, Clyde Walcott among others made their debut that day.
12 players debut, test match draw..
The 12-man Test debut ended in a draw. Among the debutants, Jim Laker was the only one who could make a mark in the match. He not only bowled Walcott off his fourth ball but also took 7 for 103 in the first innings. After that, he took 2 wickets in the second innings. Thus he took a total of 9 wickets in the match.
7 West Indies, 5 England players debut..
Talking about the debut of 12 players in a single Test match, 7 players are from West Indies. Also, 5 English players are in the list who made their debut. Barclay Gaskin, Everton Weeks, Clyde Walcott, Robert Christiani, John Goddard, Wilf Ferguson, Pryor Jones made their debut for West Indies. Meanwhile, Jim Laker, Winston Place, Dennis Brooks, Gerald Smithson and Morris Tremlett made their debut for England.