Records are meant to be broken, However, some records are immortal unless someone with good gifted talent emerges.
One such record that remain undisturbed, unbroken for more than a century, is the ‘double hat-trick’ in a Test match.
On 28 May 1912, Australia’s Jimmy Matthews achieved a feat which remains unique in Test history, a ‘double hat-trick’.
It was a mystery that Jimmy Matthews played only 8 Tests — and not a single one after the series in which he managed to etch his name permanently in the history of cricket.
He finished his career with only 16 wickets at 26.18.
And the unique feat was achieved in the first match of the triangular series — between Australia and South Africa at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Matthews, a legspinner, became the only man to take a hat-trick in each innings of a Test match – and he got them both on the same day.
Winning the toss, Australia led by Sidney Edward Gregory, opted to bat. Riding on the back of century scored by the opener, Charles Kelleway (114) and Warren Bardsley (121), they put up 448 runs in 122.3 overs in the first innings.
On the second day, 28 May, South Africa was dismissed for 265 and 95, Mathews taking a hat-trick in each innings.
More remarkably, all his six wickets in the double hat-trick were taken without the help of a fielder.
In the first innings, he finished off the last three batsmen, Mathews had Beaumont bowled, while the other two batsmen fell, Leg Before Wicket.
And when South Africa followed on he took another three in three balls, he bowled one and caught & bowled two batsmen.
The third man out on both occasions was Tommy Ward, who made a king pair on debut.
The three-day match got over on the second day and Australia went on to win the Test by an innings and 88 runs. They went up 1-0 in the three-match series.
Australia 448 (Warren Bardsley 121, Charles Kelleway 114, Jimmy Matthews 49 not out; Sid Pegler 6 for 105, Reggie Schwarz 3 for 142) beat South Africa 265 (Aubrey Faulkner 122; Bill Whitty 5 for 55, Jimmy Matthews 3 for 16) and 95 (Charles Kelleway 5 for 33, Jimmy Matthews 3 for 38) by an innings and 88 runs.