J. Briggs

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John Briggs’ best bowling performance in England came against Australia at Lord’s in 1886 when he took an eleven-wicket haul to secure three spots on the Honours Boards.

Defending a total of 353, England’s captain, A G Steel, put Briggs on as first change of bowler and he took five wickets as the Australians collapsed from 45-1 to 121 all out.

Then as Australia followed on, he took a further six wickets for 45 as Australia were dismissed for 126, England winning the match by an innings and 106 runs.

Briggs’ performance came as a surprise to many as despite playing in the previous Test at Old Trafford two weeks previous he was not asked to bowl throughout the match.

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