Alec Bedser, born on this day 99 years ago, who debuted for England in 1946 against India was to go on and become an important part of the team, that would withstand the challenge of the Australian and the West Indians in the Test arena.
He was also one of the pillars for Surrey and it is largely due to Bedser's heroics that Surrey began to dominate the English county circuit in the 1950s.
Bedser began his Test career on a successful note by picking up 24 wickets in 3 Test matches against India. He would go on to help England win several key clashes against arch nemesis Australia in the Ashes.
His Test record against Australia is phenomenal, picking up 104 wickets in 21 Tests at an average of 27.49.
Bedser spearheaded England's Ashes victory with 39 wickets at 17.48 in the year 1953. His bowling figures of 14 for 99 at Nottingham continues to be the best for a bowler in a Test match in a losing cause. He achieved the feat at the ripe age of 35 years.
Bedser ended his Test career with 236 wickets in 51 Test matches. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 91 years.
First Published: July 4, 2017, 4:15 PM IST