In the 1940s & 50s two of the most successful English cricketers in the Ashes were opening batsman Sir Len Hutton and fast medium bowler Alec Bedser.
Len Hutton ,comes from the school of all the technically sound English openers after Hobbs and Sutcliffe preceded him. He poccessed great technique and temperament and was regarded as almost equal to Jack Hobbs. He was an outstanding success in this first Ashes series in England in 1938 scoring 2 tons and his marathon 13 hour 364 at Oval helped England to pile up 903 to crush Australia at Oval. With that innings he broke the earlier world record of 334 of Don Bradman . His 364 was later surpassed by Sobers in 1960s. Hutton scored heavily in most of the Ashes series he played. He was especially outstanding with 533 runs in 1950-51 Ashes in Australia ,averaging 88 with top score of 156 notout. His impregnable defence was tough to breach even by the best of opposition bowlers. Hutton ended with 2428 Ashes runs in 27 tests at 56 average and 5 hundreds to underline himself as an Ashes legend.
Alec Bedser was fast medium bowler and was England’s heart and soul in their bowling attack during 1950s. He took 104 Ashes wickets at 27 average from 21 tests with 7 five wickets haul . As a bowler , he was naggingly accurate with his stock delivery being the inswinger. His leg cutter was lethal and he was capable of bowling long spells. He was highly successful in Australia in 1950-51 series taking 30 wickets in 5 tests. However his best ashes series came two years later in England when he took 39 wickets at 17 average in 5 tests with 7/44 at Nottingham being his best bowling figures not only in his Ashes duels but in his career. Bedser almost shouldered the England bowling attack during 1950s and he was a true Ashes legend.