Item #128152 Cricket Triumph. England versus Australia, 1953. With a Foreword by Len Hutton. Cricket, Bruce HARRIS.
Cricket Triumph. England versus Australia, 1953. With a Foreword by Len Hutton
Cricket Triumph. England versus Australia, 1953. With a Foreword by Len Hutton

Cricket Triumph. England versus Australia, 1953. With a Foreword by Len Hutton

London, Hutchinson's Library of Sports and Pastimes, 1953.

Octavo, [ii], 180 pages plus 33 plates.

Cloth lightly stained; mild signs of use and age; a very good copy with the torn and chipped dustwrapper lacking the top quarter of the rear panel.

Inscribed and signed by the author in ink on the title page (he has added 'Rather precarious' after the printed title 'Cricket Triumph'!). The front flyleaf is signed by Lindsay Hassett (1913-1993), the Australian captain. Harris was correct with his inscribed comment: 'England won the final Test to take the series 1-0 after the first four Tests were all drawn. England therefore recovered the Ashes for the first time since losing them in 1934.... The series being undecided, six days were allowed [for the Fifth Test] and the match began, unusually for a Test in England, on a Saturday. Hassett won the toss for the fifth time. He made 53 and Harvey and Hole made 30s, but Lindwall top-scored with 62 and [the] last five wickets more than doubled the score. Fred Trueman, in his only match of the series, took four wickets. Hutton scored 82, but at the end of the second day England, at 235 for seven, were still 40 behind.

The lead was not gained until the last pair, Bailey and Bedser, were together; Bailey made 64. When Australia batted for the second time, Hutton turned very quickly to the Surrey spin-bowling pair, Laker and Tony Lock, and they took nine of the 10 wickets to fall, the other being a run-out. Lock finished with five for 45 and Laker four for 75. Australia's lack of a spinner - though Johnston bowled slows from one end - meant England got the 132 needed for victory easily, if slowly. The match was finished in mid-afternoon on the fourth day and the Ashes had been won' (Wikipedia).

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