The year is 2000. The venue is the Woolloongabba, Brisbane. The opening day of the Frank Worrell Trophy. Australia, all conquering, invincible, especially at home. The West Indies, faded giants, woeful away, having just lost to England for the first time in my lifetime. It was surely set to be a one-way contest.
Australia won the toss and elected to field. Hey, didn’t someone else do that two years later? The home team were without Warne, but had MacGill to take his place. After a solid, if sedate start, the openers Sherwin Campbell and Darren Ganga had seen off McGrath and Brett Lee, and hope started to rise. Then Campbell, in the 15th over, fell to MacGill. In came Brian Lara at number 3. If the Aussies could get him early, it was game on. Or possibly game over.
Having seen a couple of deliveries from others, Lara faced up to McGrath. Wisden takes up the story…
“McGrath, brought back after Lara’s arrival, needed just one ball, an away-cutter, to execute his contract and begin his demolition of the innings. Wicket to wicket, he took six for eight in 68 balls.”
The West Indies were dismissed for 82. By the end of the day the Aussies were 25 runs in front with just two down. They would win by an innings and lots.
The West Indies would be whitewashed. An era well and truly finished.
The Lara dismissal is 4:00 into this…