CHENNAI: The First-ever Tied Test — played by Brisbane in Australia and West Indies — turned 60 on December 9. Six years have passed since that iconic clash — that’s part of the cricketing folklore The game of ardent followers for fresh. Be it Sir Garfield Sobers’ majestic 132 on Day 1 and Wes Hall’s 5 for 63 on the final day, for the late Norm O’Neill’s 181 or Alan Davidson’s all-round show (taking 11 wickets and scoring 144 runs in total) Australia — Top-class performances of a host of match-seekers. Chasing 233, Australia slipped to 92 for 6 before Davidson (who hit 80) and skipper Richie Benaud (52) breathed life into their seventh-wicket stand with 134. Davidson’s run out gave West Indies an opening and Hall’s final over The honors were even.
Davidson fell short of his crease in the penultimate clash when Australia were just seven away from the finish line. “Richie hit one straight to Joe Solomon and took off. Solomon hit the stumps and I was short by about five yards. Even if I was Usain Bolt, I wouldn’t have made it,” recalled Davidson, now 91, in a video -conference organized by Cricket Australia on Wednesday. Others who were part of the event included Neil Harvey, Peter Lashley and Lance Gibbs. As 6 runs separate from Australia’s finish line, Hall Bowled an eventful final over comprising a caught-behind, a missed chance, a missed run-out opportunity and two run-outs. When Solomon’s direct hit found Australia’s no. 10 Ian Meckiff short of his crease, and a clash on the curtains that brought it to victory. Lashley, who made his debut in that game, recalled how he moved away from Solomon’s line that ended Meckiff’s stay. “Otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” quipped Lashley.
Reliving those final moments, Harvey said, “The tension was so high that we were sitting in the dressing room. Not all of the instruments were moved. None of us moved. The last seven or eight balls were bowled in that test.” Harvey, 92, who featured in 79 Tests for Australia, felt that the two sides of the 1960 series did wonders to Cricket Down Under. “I don’t think you’ll get a better Test match than a Tied Test match. It did so much for Australian cricket. I don’t think a series has done so much for this country. , ā€¯Harvey said.
Gibbs — the first spinner to get 300 Test wickets — was a witness to this spectacle as a 12th man. “This is probably the greatest series I’ve ever been involved with,” the 86-year-old recalled.


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