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July 11, 1968: When Colin Cowdrey Made a Special Occasion Even More Memorable

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Colin Cowdrey is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen ever to play for the England cricket team.

Colin Cowdrey is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen ever to play for the England cricket team. Cowdrey featured prominently for England during the 1950s and 60s, at a time when the Three Lions possessed some of the gifted cricketers in the world.

But the right-hander made a name for himself with some outstanding displays with the bat and his longevity to etch his name in English cricket history. On this day in 1968, Cowdrey became the first cricketer ever to play 100 matches in the longest format of the game.

During the third Test of the 1986 Ashes, Cowdrey was featuring for a then-record 100 times for England. It was already a special occasion for the captain but he made it even more memorable by slamming his 21st Test ton against the arch-rivals at Birmingham.

Cowdrey played a skipper's knock in the first innings as he scored 104 runs off 247 deliveries to help the hosts post a good total in the first innings. The 5-day match was eventually drawn but it helped England stay alive in the series (Aus had won the first Test by 159 runs), with two matches to go.

The fourth Test was drawn as well but England registered a massive 226-run victory in the fifth and the final Test at the Oval to level the series at 1-1.

first published:July 11, 2017, 15:52 IST