England struggled against the Rest Of The World bowlers on the first day of the final match of the Test-cricket series at the Oval, in South London.
England struggled against the Rest Of The World bowlers on the first day of the final match of the Test-cricket series at the Oval, in South London. Colin Cowdrey was their star, making a carefully compiled seventy-three.
The day started badly for England, with Luckhurst bowled in the first over off the third ball of the match by the South African Mike Procter.
But when Cowdrey came in, it was obvious that he was in better form than in the previous tests. Although he began slowly, he played some of his best shots, though never reaching his most dominating mood.
England left out all-rounders Tony Greig and Basil D'Oliveira to try new batsman Dennis Amiss and bowler Peter Lever.
As in the previous matches, after Cowdrey had gone England's captain Ray Illingworth retrieved the situation for his side by scoring 47 in partnership with wicket-keeper Alan Knott.
Both of them were not-out at the close, with England two hundred and twenty-nine for five.