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He is one of Australia's finest captains of all time.

To add to his all-rounder's portfolio, Noble was also an excellent singer.

And a banker by profession.

And also a dentist by profession.


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Had he scored three more runs, he would have got the 2,000 run-100 wicket double in Test cricket.

Noble averaged 30 with bat and 25 with ball, which speaks volumes about his quality.

He could bowl both seam and spin, and was a very accurate thrower and an astute strategist.

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It took Fahey time to conclude that it had been an FH Ayres international cricket bat.

A replica was used.

But who was Monty Noble?

Australia seldom produces legendary all-rounders, but Monty Noble was one.

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Even that is not unusual. Many movies feature bats and cool lines.

Russell Crowe is a perfectionist. He wanted the bat to be an exact replica of a bat used by Monty Noble in 1905, a decade before Gallipoli.

His team approached Michael Fahey for an answer.

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"It follows an Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who travels to Turkey soon after World War I to find his three sons who never returned."

There is a cricket bat, found in the Allied trenches.
- You tell me, it is a game or weapon?
- Both in the right hands. Here, give it to me.

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Russell Crowe made his debut as a film director in the 2014 movie, The Water Diviner.

You might have watched, or will watch, the movie.

Here is a copy-paste of the brief plotline from Wikipedia:

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Me when I turn the empty egg chicken roll wrapper around and a morsel slips through my fingers.

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Replying to @stock_delivery: Australia's greatest all-round cricketer (arguably, of course) wrote this 75 years before Virender Sehwag made his Test…

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Australia's greatest all-round cricketer (arguably, of course) wrote this 75 years before Virender Sehwag made his Test debut.

Monty Noble was born #OnThisDay in 1873.

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He clean bowled Wadsworth, then appealed loudly.

"He is bowled," came the confused response from the umpire.

"I know he is bowled, but is he out?"

This was the last New Zealand wicket. India needed only 68. They won by eight wickets.

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They "smilingly turned down" bat-pad catches and leg-before decisions, some of which were definitely unfair.

These decisions were accompanied by chants of "home rules apply, boys" from the crowd.

Chandra's politeness is legendary, but on this case even he lost his calm.

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And now Prasanna took 8/76 – still the best figures by an Indian away from home.

New Zealand were bowled out for 215 (Parker 70).

This was not easy, for umpires David Copps and Robert Monteith did their best to counter Prasanna and Chandra (2/85).

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The pair added 204, of which Surinder got 124.

The Amarnaths, Lala and Surinder, thus became the first (and till date, only) father-son pair to score hundreds on Test debut.

With Gavaskar scoring 116 and Mohinder Amarnath 64, and India reached 414 (Congdon 5/65).

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On a turning pitch, New Zealand won the toss and put up 266 (Congdon 54) after being 110/1.

Chandra took 6/94 and Prasanna 3/64.

The ball was already turning. Only nine overs of pace had been bowled.

Surinder joined Gavaskar after Vengsarkar fell early.

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For example, India were without their newly-appointed captain, Bedi (that too on a turning pitch).

Vice-captain Gavaskar led India for the first time (before Bedi, actually).

There were three debutants, in Surinder Amarnath, Vengsarkar, and Kirmani.

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On this day, 1976, India won a historic Test match in Auckland.

They have won only one other Test on New Zealand soil in the forty-five years since then, in 2009.

And that is not the only reason I am calling the win "historic".

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In all First-Class cricket, only Hedley Verity (10/10) and George Geary (10/18) have better figures.

Debasis Mohanty (10/46) has the second-best figures among Indians.

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At Jorhat against Assam, Bengal medium-pacer Premangsu Chatterjee had taken four wickets on the previous day.

He added six more to his tally on this day, 1957, to finish with 10/20 – the best First-Class figures by an Indian.

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Replying to @AbhinavCJ: Certainly the most quirky set of cricket anecdotes I've heard on this podcast. Listen up! @ovshake42


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Certainly the most quirky set of cricket anecdotes I've heard on this podcast. Listen up! @ovshake42

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As mentioned, you can reach me at ovshake@gmail.com or via DM.

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