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Great milestones in cricket test history

Reporter: Michael Vincent

SCOTT BEVAN: Sir Don Bradman once said, when you play Test cricket, you don't give the Englishmen
an inch. Play it tough all the way, grind them into the dust. Well there was little in the way of
dust today at the MCG but Shane Warne has been busy putting the Don's words into action. The
champion leg spinner did not disappoint a massive crowd, taking five wickets. In the process, he
became the first bowler to capture 700 scalps in Test matches. In a moment, I'll be speaking to
cricket historian Gideon Haigh about Shane Warne's achievement, but first Michael Vincent looks
back at five other great milestones of Test history.

MICHAEL VINCENT: In 129 years of Test cricket only two matches have been tied. The first, Australia
against the West Indies at the Gabba in 1960.

COMMENTATOR: The scores are level, the third run will win the match. Grout makes a great effort but
the bails go off and he's run out.

RICHIE BENAUD, FORMER AUSTRALIAN CRCKET CAPTAIN: It was a bit like a limited over match where
everyone goes berserk and runs themselves out and hits balls up in the air and there are fielding
errors, but it was a sensational thing. No one could relax.

COMMENTATOR: Macketh is run out and the match has finished in a tie, the first in Test history, and
a fitting end to one of the greatest Test matches of all.

MICHAEL VINCENT: 26 years later, conditions at Chidambaram Stadium in Madras were hot and humid
when Alan Border's Australia faced India. It was physically tough. At times it was acrimonious. And
just like the first tied Test, it came down to the final over. With one wicket in hand, India
needed just four runs.

COMMENTATOR: Shastri levels the scores, exposing Maninder Singh.

MICHAEL VINCENT: Then, on the penultimate ball, Maninder Singh was out, leg before.

COMMENTATOR: It's a tie. The match has ended in a tie. It's an unbelievable result. History has
been made here.

MICHAEL VINCENT: Cricket is a team sport in which players achieve greatness through individual
brilliance. Few batsmen have been as prolific as West Indian champion Brian Lara. Over 12 hours in
April 2004 at Antigua, tearing apart a hapless English bowling attack, Lara notched up a new world
record 400 runs not out.

COMMENTATOR: Perhaps the most significant single ever in the history of Test match cricket.

MICHAEL VINCENT: At the other end of the pitch, there's a bowling record that has stood for 50
years, English off spinner Jim Laker's effort in the 1956 Test against Australia at Old Trafford.
One after the other, Australia's batsmen fell. Of the possible 20 wickets on offer that match, he
took 19. When the last wicket fell, he didn't jump or punch the air, just a slight smile and he
left the field.

Then there's possibly the most memorable Test series - Bodyline, in 1932 33. It changed the rules
of the game forever, and so brutal was the bowling it almost created a diplomatic spat between
Australia and England. Almost three quarters of a century later, under an overcast sky, Shane Warne
achieved a record no one dreamt possible. Mid-afternoon in front of a massive home crowd, the leg
spin bowler took his 700th wicket.

COMMENTATOR: You can't catch him! Shane Warne, through the gate, has got Strauss.

SCOTT BEVAN: Michael Vincent with that report.