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Wally Hammond

(1903—1965) cricketer


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Gloucestershire and England cricketer who scored more than 50000 first-class runs, including 167 centuries. He played in 85 test matches, 20 of them as captain, and many would nominate him as England's greatest batsman of all time. Born in Dover, Kent, Hammond was the son of a regular soldier and spent his early childhood in Malta, where his father was stationed before World War I. When the family returned to England in 1914, young Hammond attended the grammar school at Cirencester and in 1926 started to play for Gloucestershire; he remained with that county until 1946, apart from the war years and an isolated appearance in 1951. He first played for England in 1927 and his spectacular progress as a test cricketer earned him the captaincy of England in 1938 and again after the war until his retirement in 1947. In 1932 against the New Zealanders at Auckland he scored an undefeated 336 and he was also a fine bowler as well as one of the most brilliant slip fielders in the history of the game. In all, he scored 7249 runs and 22 centuries for his country.

From Who's Who in the Twentieth Century in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).


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