1956 English cricket season

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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. It was the 43rd test series between the two sides which England won 2-1.[1]

Surrey won the County Championship for the fifth successive year creating a new record of consecutive titles won by a county team.[2] [1]


Test series[edit]

Cumulative record - Test wins 1876-1956
England 62
Australia 70
Drawn 41

County Championship[edit]

Leading batsmen[edit]

Ken Mackay topped the averages with 1103 runs @ 52.52

Leading bowlers[edit]

Tony Lock topped the averages with 155 wickets @ 12.46


  1. ^ a b Wynne-Thomas, Peter (1983). The Hamlyn A-Z of Cricket Records. Hamlyn Publishing Group. ISBN 0-600-34667-6. 
  2. ^ Engel, Matthew (2004). Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2004, pages 493-494. John Wisden & Company Ltd. ISBN 0-947766-83-9. 

Annual reviews[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • 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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