This Day in Sports History

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1954: Braves’ Bobby Thomson breaks his ankle; he is replaced by Hank Aaron.

1977: England were bowled out for 95 in 34.3 eight-ball overs on the second day of the Centenary Test, in Melbourne, Dennis Lillee taking 6 for 26. When Australia, who had been bowled out for 138 on the first day, batted again, they did far better, and debutant David Hookes stole the headlines, cracking five fours off one over from Tony Greig on his way to 56.

1981: In Barbados, where he was born, Roland Butcher became the first black player to play for England. He made 17 (off 82 balls) and 2 (off 27), as England were thumped by 298 runs. Butcher played three Tests, all on this tour, with a top score of 32.

1996: A historic World Cup semi-final in Calcutta – which contained the good, the bad and the ugly. The good was Sri Lanka getting through to the final for the first time; the bad was that they did so by default; and the ugly was the riot that forced Clive Lloyd, the match referee, to abandon the game. When India crumbled to 120 for 8 – chasing 252 – the crowd set fire to areas of the stands and started to pelt the fielders with fruit and water bottles. But there’s no doubt Sri Lanka deserved their place after another polished performance; the top three of Sanath Jayasuriya (1), Romesh Kaluwitharana (0) and Asanka Gurusinha (1) all failed, and astonishingly both openers were out caught at third man… in the first over. Aravinda de Silva played a breathtaking innings, stroking 66 off 47 balls with 14 fours, a warm-up for the match-winning century he would make in the final four days later.

2020: 12 hours after PGA Tour cancelled its flagship event, The Players Championship, Augusta National announces postponement of the Masters Tournament to a date to be fixed because of Covid-19 pandemic.

2020: Elite football in Britain, including England’s Premier League, EFL, Women’s Super League plus in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is suspended until at least 3 April because of Covid-19 pandemic.

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