Perth: Australian batsman George Bailey equalled Brian Lara’s Test record for most runs off an over against England in Perth on Monday.
The West Indian great Lara hit 28 runs off an over from South Africa’s Robin Peterson in Johannesburg in 2003.
Bailey matched the feat when he took the same tally off paceman Jimmy Anderson in the final over of Australia’s second innings on the fourth day of the third Test.
The Tasmanian, in only his third Test, hit three sixes and two fours in the over.
Meanwhile, for England, Ben Stokes provided a glimpse of what England might need in the future at the No. 6 batting position — someone who can counter-attack and take the fight to the opposition.
He was a revelation, pulling and driving Australia’s bowlers to the boundary with aplomb not seen from the tourists so far on this tour.
“Stokes was outstanding I thought today. He showed some great shots and his potential for the future looks massive,” Ian Bell said.
“I think he’s got a fantastic future ahead of him. The way he’s shown he can play quick bowling, the way he hits down the ground. And just that attitude with the ball.
“I never see him moan about anything. He just gets on with it. He runs in all day. He bowls good pace. He showed today what he can do with the bat.”
Even the Australians were impressed. “I think he’s been very impressive, to see the workload he went through today and yesterday after Stuart Broad was injured,” said Shane Watson.