Film: 5000

Sport | 1970 | Sound | Colour


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Action from Centenary Test between Australia and England in 1977 at Melbourne.

Dennis Lillee bowls for the Aussies to England's John Lever, who edges a catch to the wicket keeper, Rod Marsh. This was Marsh's fourth catch and England were all out for 95, lever having scored 11. Marsh is congratulated by his team mates and the crowd is shown on its feet cheering as Lillee has taken 6 wickets for 26 runs. Lillee leads the Aussie team off the field and is congratulated by his captain, Greg Chappell. Lillee allows Marsh to enter the pavilion first as he has broken the record for dismissals previously held by Wally Grout, with his 188th victim. The crowd applaud the team as they enter the pavilion.

Cut to the studio where ex-Australian Test player, Neil Harvey, is interviewing ex-England Test player, Tom Graveney. On to the pitch where there are three elderley men in suits walking out to the wicket. Two of these are the pre-war England Test cricketers, fast bowlers Harold Larwood (now dead) and Bill Voce. The other man is Chairman of the Australian Cricket Board, Bob Harris. Voce removes his jacket and marks out his run-up as if he is going to bowl. Both these players helped England win the controversial 1932-33 'Bodyline' Series. Larwood returns Voce's jacket and he puts it back on.

Back to Graveney talking to Harvey. Abrupt cut and Harvey is being interviewed by Bill Jacobs with ex-Aussie Test batsman, Bob Cowper, sitting next to him. Cut to ex-Aussie Test player Arthur Morris being interviewed sitting next to ex-England Test bowler, Alec Bedser. Interviewer is Bill Jacobs.

Australian openers, Davis and O'Keeefe, are shown leaving the pavilion to open the Aussies second innnings. Close-up of scoreboard showing their names, Australia having scored 138 in their first innings. John Lever bowls to Davis and he plays the ball off his legs for one run. next he bowls to O'Keefe, who edges him past third slip to Derek Underwood for two runs. Davis hooks Lever past Dennis Amiss on the boundary for four runs. Chris Old bowls to O'Keefe, who edges him to Bob Willis at third slip. He had scored 14 and the Aussies are 35 for 1. Aussie captain, Greg Chappell plays and misses at a ball from Willis as it is taken by wicket keeper Alan Knott. Chris Old then clean bowls Chappell for 3, the score 40 for 2.

Cosier then plays and misses at Old, as Knott fields the ball. Cosier then mishooks lever behind square-leg and Knott races round to take the catch. Aussies 53 for 3, Cosier having scored 2. Doug Walters opens his account with a boundary through the covers off lever. Derek Randall retrieves the ball. Old bowls to Walters who edges him to third slip. Willis however, is unable to hold onto the catch. Davis plays Old off his legs for four runs behind square-leg. Scoreboard shows Aussies 104 for 3, at the end of the day's play.

Cut to Richie Benaud interviewing Aussie skipper, Greg Chappell, on the pitch. On the third morning Willis bowls to Davis who plays him through mid-off for a boundary to bring up his half-century. Davis repeats the shot off lever for another boundary. Tony Greig bowls to Davis and he edges behind to Knott for 68 runs. The Aussies 132 for 4. Greig bowls to the left-handed David Hookes, who is almost caught at second slip by Willis, the ball falling short. Walters hooks Greig to the boundary for four, then scores another boundary off Old to reach his fifty. Hookes plays greig through mid-on for four and then Walters straight drives Old for another boundary. Hookes then hooks Lever for four and the Aussies are 186 for four. Greig then has Walters brilliantly caught one-handed by Knott for 66, Australia 187 for 5. The dismissal is shown again in slow motion. Derek Underwood then bowls to Rod marsh who misses an attempted hook and the ball rolls agonisingly past the stumps. The delivery is shown again from a side-on angle. Hookes hits Greig over mid-off for a four and then scores another boundary off the same bowler by sweeping him off his legs past Underwood at third man. Hookes hits Greig through the covers for his third consecutive boundary and 48 runs, the Aussies having scored 235 for 5. Hookes hits his fourth four in a row to reach his half-century in his first Test.

Hookes then takes his fifth boundary in a row off Greig, England's captain.Australia are 243 for 5. Hookes is unable to score a boundary off Greig's last delivery. Underwood then dismisses Hookes with Keith Fletcher taking the catch at short-leg. Hookes scored 56 runs. Underwood bowls to marsh who cuts him to the boundary. Marsh repeats the scoring off the same bowler, hitting through the onside. Lever then bowls Gary Gilmour, the left-hander having scored 16 runs, the Aussies 279 for 7. Old bowls to Lillee who spoons the ball to Amiss to be caught as the Aussies are 353 for 8. Rick McCosker, with a bandaged face, hooks Lever for four and a score of 387 for 8. Marsh plays Willis off his legs to reach his century, the first time an Australian wicket keeper has scored a hundred runs. The Aussies declare at 419 for 9, a lead of 461 runs.

Graham McKenzie congratulates Marsh as the two Aussie players make their way to the pavilion. Cut to ex-England fast bowler Frank Tyson interviewing ex-Australian captain, Bill Lawry. Repeat action of Hookes despatching Greig to the boundary, then again in slow motion. Cut to Bill Jacobs interviewing ex-England captain, Sir Len Hutton (now dead). Film runs out during interview.

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