“It’s Pakistan, it’s another Test Match.” Yorkshire legend Dickie Bird smiled with the prospect of Test Match cricket returning to England in the coming weeks. “It always brings back wonderful memories which I’ve got of Headingley. It’s the home of legends, steeped in history and there has been some of the greatest players to ever live play there.”
Although somewhat biased, the Barnsley-born former umpire is perfectly set to reminisce over Emerald Headingley’s Test Match heritage.
“Probably the best hundred I’ve seen in a Test match was at Headingley,” Bird remembered. “It was Graham Gooch. I think he scored 150-odd and it was a magnificent knock against that attack.”
Gooch’s innings of 154 not out came in a winning effort against a strong West Indian side with Curtley Ambrose, Malcom Marshall and Courtney Walsh spearheading the attack. “The ball was seaming around all Test Match, but Gooch played magnificently,” he added.