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Ashes legends : Wally Hammond

2852 runs at 52 average in 33 Ashes test

Wally Hammond has been regarded as one of the all time greatest England batsman with a brilliant test record of over 7000 test runs at a high 50s average. He made his international debut in mid 1920s and played till 1947 and of course missing 6 years of cricket due to World War. A fine front foot driver but equally strong off backfoot, Hammond had a glittering Ashes record of 2852 runs at 52 average in 33 tests and 9 100s with 251 as highest score. His finest Ashes performances came in Australia rather than at home. He hit 1981 Ashes runs down under at 61 average in just 19 tests with 7 hundreds that included 3 doubles. His first Ashes tour in Australia was phenomenal with a tally of 905 runs at 113 average with 251 being his top score , a world record for a single series till later broken by Bradman. Hammond hit another big double hundred–231 in another of his Ashes series in Australia in 1936. Batting those days were not too easy as pitches used to be uncovered. Probably one of his best Ashes knocks came at Lords against a sharp Australian bowling attack with England having lost 3 quick wickets early (3/31) ,when Hammond stepped out and played a dazzling innings of 240 in just 6 hours with 32 fours.  He led England to Ashes glory in tests and was a very handy medium pacer who took 36 ashes wickets as a change bowler with one fifer to boot.

That was Wally Hammond. He had powers to immense concentration , was very composed  and was very difficult to dislodge once he gets settled in the crease. Therefore he had the ability to get big hundreds as Australia found out during his regime. He was naturally aggressive in his early days as a batter but later mellowed down to add more solidity and succeeded Jack Hobbs as the next England batting mainstay.

A true Ashes legend.


Amitava Mukherjee

A commerce graduate with work experience in Banking sector. An avid sports enthusiast. Big fan of soccer cricket and tennis

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