Kim Hughes’ memories of the classic 1981 Boxing Day Test
The Boxing Day Test has seen some incredible cricket, but the 1981 Test might be the best of the lot.
The visiting West Indies arrived with one of the more fearsome bowling line-ups ever assembled: Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Colin Croft, and Andy Roberts.
But Aussie batsman Kim Hughes defied the attack to score a gritty ton, scoring an unbeaten 100 of Australia’s 198 in the first innings.
Australia’s quicks – led by Dennis Lillee’s 7/83 – were equally damaging, dismissing the Windies twice cheaply for a memorable 58-run win.
Hughes re-lived the match with Macquarie Sports Radio.
“It was certainly the greatest victory I’ve ever played in,” Hughes said on Sunday morning.
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