February 18, 2024
Tom Hartley Shines with Record-Breaking Performance
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Debutant Spinner Tom Hartley Shines with Record-Breaking Performance

Debutant Spinner Tom Hartley Shines with Record-Breaking Performance/ECB

Debutant Spinner Tom Hartley Shines with Record-Breaking Performance

England’s debutant spinner, Tom Hartley, delivered a match-winning spell against India in the opening Test, claiming 7/62 and finishing with 9/193, the best figure for an England spinner on Test debut since 1945. His nine-wicket tally in the match is the joint-most since Robert Berry’s 9/116 against West Indies in 1950. Hartley is now the fourth England spinner this century to achieve a five-wicket haul on Test debut, joining Adil Rashid, Will Jacks, and Rehan Ahmed in this exclusive list.

Historic Achievement for England Spinners

In the first Test against India, England spinners secured all 20 wickets, while pacers remained wicketless, marking a historic achievement. This accomplishment occurred for the fourth time in Test history since 1947. The previous instances were against India in Kanpur in 1952, Australia in Manchester in 1956, and Sri Lanka in Pallekele in 2018. The dominance of England spinners played a pivotal role in their 28-run victory.

Hartley’s Spin Proves Decisive in India’s Defeat

On Day 4, Ollie Pope’s explosive batting set a challenging target of 231 for India. Despite a resilient effort from India’s lower order, Hartley’s spin posed a formidable challenge, leading to a 28-run defeat for India. Hartley’s performance highlighted his potential as a valuable asset for England’s spin department, setting the stage for further contributions in the series.

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