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Faisalabad Test 19877-88 – England Manager Peter Lush tries to bring Shakoor Rana and Mike Gatting together, however Umpire Shakeel Khan looks on. You can also see Neil Fairbrother in the background.

The Infamous Mike Gatting and Shakoor Rana Incident

The Infamous Mike Gatting and Shakoor Rana Incident - England team arrived in the middle of October 2000 for a tour of Pakistan. It was the first since the Mike Gatting famous brawl with umpire Shakoor Rana during the...
Alan Ward would have made a perfect foil for John Snow had he been a faster right-arm bowler during his era.

Alan Ward – Fast Bowler Made a Perfect Foil for John Snow

Alan Ward would have made a perfect foil for John Snow had he been a faster right-arm bowler during his era. Derbyshire, Border, and Leicestershire Not many very tall fast bowlers have survived for long in top-class cricket, and...

Fred Tate – England Cricketer Who Played Solitary Test in 1902

Fred Tate - England Cricketer Who Played Solitary Test in 1902. On Saturday morning there was more rain, causing the wicket to deteriorate so that England was apprehensive about scoring the 124 runs they needed for victory. The 50...
Alf Gover first-class career has lasted for 20 years. He made his debut in 1928 and in the subsequent 362 matches. he was one of the oldest Test cricketers.

Alf Gover England Medium Fast Bowler 1908-2001

Longevity was the keyword when it comes to Alf Gover, who died at the age of 93. Thus wrote Ralph Dellor on the website Cricinfo. Born in 1908 on February 29 near Epsom in Surrey, he was one of...
Frank Woolley was one of the finest all- rounder’s, a left-hand batsman and left-arm medium or slow left-arm orthodox bowler, produced by England.

Frank Woolley – A Genuine All Rounder of Early 19th Century

First of all, the name of the player concerned was Frank Edward Woolley and not 'Peter' Woolley. Secondly, he never captained England in Test matches. However, Frank Woolley was one of the finest all- rounder’s, a left-hand batsman and...
David Steele 8 Tests for England, making 50, 45, 73, 92, 39 and 66 against the Australians after being called up at the age of 33.

The Sergeant David Steele

Sergeant David Steele  - The situation was one of those romantic ones which occur in sport by chance but never by design. England and all her established players were foundering in the face of Australian fire. Fletcher, Dennis Amiss,...
There was a heroic dimension to Len Hutton cricket career that was not always evident even with some of England’s other very great batsman.

Len Hutton – Finest, Most Technically Correct Batsman

There was a heroic dimension to Len Hutton career that was not always evident even with some of England’s other very great batsmen. He had talent in abundance, all right. How else could he have scored a century on...
Ted Dexter. Tall and upright he was delight to watch. Here here crashes Jaisimha to the fence, Kanpur, 1961

Cricket – A Simple Pleasure by Ted Dexter

Cricket is a simple pleasure. Or so it should be, says Ted Dexter, who regrets the ritualization which has overtaken the game at the top level. Going to a cricket match should be a simple pleasure like taking a...
Ted Dexter by (bizarrely) the brilliant French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson taken in 1961 for Queen magazine. Dexter was England captain at the time.

How to Crick your Neck?

How to Crick your Neck? - Ted Dexter takes issue with what he considers a foolish piece of advice to batsmen. The age-old argument about coaching — too little or too much — remains unresolved. Certainly, there have been...
Sydney Barnes finest hour was the 1911–12 tour of Australia when he and Frank Foster, Warwickshire all-rounder, spearheaded England to a 4–1 series triumph.

Sydney Barnes – Greatest Bowler of All Time

Sydney Barnes was by common consent the greatest bowler to appear before the First World War. Many good judges long after that still maintained there had never been better, and it is not hard to see why. Barnes’s record...

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Paul Gibb in India

Paul Gibb touring India with the 1953-54 commonwealth teams is playing more golf and squash than cricket. But he goes on recording the antics...

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