1956 English cricket season
The 1956 English cricket season is memorable for the performances of Jim Laker, especially his unique feat in taking 19 wickets in a match, which he performed in the Old Trafford Test Match. He took a total of 46 wickets in the 5 Tests, a record in an England-Australia series. Furthermore, in May he had taken all ten wickets in the Australian first innings in their match against Surrey, assisting Surrey to become the first county side since 1912 to defeat the Australians.
- County Championship - Surrey
- Minor Counties Championship - Kent II
- Wisden - Dennis Brookes, Jim Burke, Malcolm Hilton, Gil Langley, Peter Richardson
England retained the Ashes after defeating Australia 2-1 with two matches drawn.
Ken Mackay topped the averages with 1103 runs @ 52.52
Tony Lock topped the averages with 155 wickets @ 12.46
- Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979
- Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993
- Ray Robinson, On Top Down Under, Cassell, 1975
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