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Honours Board: Graham Onions Published: 20 April 2012

Graham Onions’ five-wicket haul on début against the West Indies in 2009 was a dream come true for both the Durham fast bowler and the headline writers.

The back pages were full of both praise and cringe-worthy lines after the 26-year-old from Gateshead tore through the West Indies, taking five wickets in just 27-balls.

“Onions slices and dices West Indies” declared the Daily Telegraph. “Sizzling Onions nails a five-for," screamed The Guardian.

High class swing bowling

Onions became only the 8th English bowler to etch his name on the famous Honours Boards on début, with a performance of high class swing bowling on the second day.

The West Indies, in unfamiliar early season English conditions, were at sea against an England side who they had beaten in the Caribbean earlier that year.

Onions began nervously after coming on fourth change, but once he'd settled down he clicked into gear spectacularly.

After Lendl Simmons became his first Test scalp, and the sixth of the West Indies innings, Onions tore through the lower order and tail with a superb display of wicket-to-wicket bowling.

Two second innings wickets were later added as the West Indies followed on, to leave England victorious by ten wickets with Onions collecting a match haul of 7/104.

Ashes winner

It was the start of a whirlwind few months for the quick, who established himself swiftly in an England side on the rise, under the leadership of Andrew Strauss.

By August he was an Ashes winner, playing in three of the five Tests, and he featured in a superb victory over South Africa in Centurion that winter.

But back and knee injuries threatened to derail both his international and domestic career, causing him to miss the whole of the 2010 season. After a successful return in 2011 though, he was once again part of England’s plans in the 2011/12 winter and hopes to feature this summer.


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