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Peter Richardson, centurion in Jim Laker’s perfect 10 Test, dies aged 85

Peter Richardson, who smashed a century in the 1956 Ashes Test between England and Australia in Manchester in a match more remembered for off-spinner Jim Laker’s perfect 10, has died at the age of 85.

cricket Updated: Feb 18, 2017 11:30 IST
Peter Richardson,Jim Laker,England cricket team
Peter Richardson scored five centuries for England in his 34 Tests for England, including one in the famous Manchester Test in the 1956 Ashes series in which Jim Laker picked up the first perfect 10 in Tests.(Getty Images)

Peter Richardson who made a century for England in the 1956 Ashes Test in which Jim Laker took a world record 19 wickets has died aged 85, his former county Kent announced on Friday.

Richardson accrued five centuries in the 34 Tests he played between 1956 and 1963 -- starting his international career with two half centuries in the 1956 Ashes series -- and the opener finished his first year as a Test batsman with 491 runs to his credit, the most in the world that year.

  • Peter Richardson played 34 Tests for England and scored five centuries
  • Peter Richardson scored a century in the 1956 Ashes Test
  • In the Manchester Test of 1956, Jim Laker created history by taking 19/90, including all 10 wickets in the second innings.

At the time he was an amateur playing for Worcestershire but the county refused to allow him to turn professional and move to Kent in 1958.

He had to sit out the 1959 season but having finally secured his move he found competition for the opening spots in the Test team restricted his appearances.

Richardson, who played on for Kent until 1965, made history in 1957 when he and brother Dick played one Test together against the West Indies, becoming the first siblings to do so for England in the 20th century.

First Published: Feb 18, 2017 11:30 IST