The tied Test film
Tied Test, 1960
Transcript: Tied Test, 1960
NARRATOR: Alan Davidson follows up his great effort with another wicket. Lashley clean bowled without scoring and the West Indians face the very real prospect of outright defeat with a lead of 158 runs with four wickets in hand. It's now six wickets down for 410.
Hall and Valentine take two runs after the first over. They're not expected to last, but as later events proved, their stubborn stand against the best Australian bowlers paved the way for the remarkable climax to the Test.
In 1960/61, the Australian public rediscovered cricket. Over the last decade, interest in cricket had waned — it seemed a dull game characterised by slow over rates and cautious batting.
Then, at the first Test of the West Indies versus Australia series, the Australian Broadcasting Commission recorded and broadcast these images of an unbelievably close contest.
Few anticipated an exciting series when the West Indies team was scheduled to tour Australia in 1960/61 as the home side was expected to win easily.
Then the tourists, with fast bowling and adventurous batting, made a surprising 453 runs in the Test in Brisbane. Australia seemed beaten until a rousing partnership from Alan Davidson and Richie Benaud brought them within a few runs of victory.
Three sensational run-outs followed, and for the first time in 83 years of cricket, a Test was tied.
Australia eventually won the series, but the West Indies players captured the hearts of the Australian public.
Left: At the end of the West Indies' tour of Australia in 1960/61, a huge crowd turned out to farewell the players with a ticker tape parade down Collins Street in Melbourne. Courtesy: Herald and Weekly Times Photographic Collection.
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