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 Which has been the only instance of a Test team being bowled out twice on the same day?
(27 November 2001)

India was the team accorded that dubious honour when they toured England in 1952 under Vijay Hazare. Hazare, India's premier batsman, was the only star for the visitors, who were thumped 3-0 in the four-Test series; he made 1,077 runs in the tour.

The English were led by the peerless Len Hutton. Peter May, Denis Compton, Tom Graveney, Godfrey Evans, Jim Laker and Alec Bedser were the other legendary cricketers in what was really an incandescent English XI. Adding to the radiance was a man setting foot on the Test arena for the first time in the series, a bowler whose very name was to become synonymous with fast bowling - 'Fiery' Fred Trueman, the first bowler to 300 Test wickets.

Trueman, who made his debut in the first Test of the series at Leeds, had given the Indians a sneak preview of the disaster awaiting them when he claimed three Indian second innings wickets - Pankaj Roy, Madhav Mantri and Vijay Manjerakar - without a run on board in that Test. India, reduced to 0-4, never recovered, and lost that Test by seven wickets.

It was in the third Test at Old Trafford, though, that India were to bear the full brunt of Trueman's fiery spells. England put up 347 for nine, with a Hutton 104 at the top of the order, before declaring on the third day. India, in reply, were bundled out for 58 in 21.4 overs, with Trueman returning incredible figures of 8-31 in 8.4 overs.

With time left, India returned to follow on, only to find Alec Bedser and Tony Lock too hot to handle. Bedser, one of great right-arm medium-pacers, picked up 5-27, while Lock, one of the best left-arm spinners the game has seen, returned figures of 4-36. Trueman's figures, meanwhile, read 8-5-9-1!

But Trueman, who went on to play 67 Tests while claiming 307 wickets, never played a Test in India. When asked about this, the Yorkshire legend said, "I was never picked - possibly not considered good enough." Try telling Nasser Hussain that; the English captain would probably give much of his kingdom to have Trueman at his fieriest by his side when he takes the field at Mohali.

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