January 1983, Benson & Hedges World Series Cup, Brisbane. Batting first, England are under pressure early after New Zealand dismiss the debuting Ian Gould when David Gower takes matters in his own hands. The elegant southpaw goes on to score 158 off just 118 balls, highlighted by a 113-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Derek Randall. Not only was this Gower’s highest impact performance, it also remained the highest impact ODI performance by any batsman in Australia till it was surpassed by AB de Villiers’ blitzkrieg against West Indies in Sydney.
GOWER’S FINEST HOUR
January 9, 2017