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  • India v England ODI series

    Posted on January 7, 2013 by Selby


    India v England ODI series

    The Indian National Selection Committee has left  Virender Sehwag out of the  ODI matches  in favour of Cheteshwar Pujara, the five match series is due to start from January 11 at Rajkot.

    Cricket Memorabilia will be at a premium for this series and we hope to attend a number of signings at Mohali on Wed 23/1/13.

    Surprisingly Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma held onto their places and have been nominated for the first three ODIs at Rajkot, Kochi and Ranchi.

    Virender has previously performed well in limited over matches clocking up 8273 runs including 15 centuries from 251 appearances.

    India A team v England New Delhi

    India “A” team defeated England at the New Delhi, Palam ground by 53 runs yesterday, the hosts made 224/4 leaving England on 175 after 36 overs, the tourists loss of five middle order wickets for only 30 runs did nothing to alleviate the situation.

    In Alastair Cook’s absence England Captain Ian Bell put on a good show scoring 91 runs off 89 deliveries including eight 4s and two 6s, before being caught by Motwani off Sharma, whilst fellow opener Kevin Pietersen was out for 19 off 28 balls, caught by Mukund off a short delivery from Sreesanth.

    A heavy mist disrupted the match reducing play to 39 overs.

    Signed tour intineraries and dinner menus are available from the New Delhi match however  significance will come to the fore dependent on notable performances in the forthcoming ODIs.

    Tony Selby

     


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  • India v Pakistan at Kolkata

    Posted on January 4, 2013 by Selby

    India v Pakistan at Kolkata

    What an impressive century by Nassir Jamshed core to the Pakistan ODI win at Kolkata, especially as this followed his 101 in Pakistan’s opening match of the series.

    Cricket memorabilia from the One day International series is always popular with collectors with demand for signed cricket bats.

    Junaid Khan bowled a good 3/39 in 9 overs containing the India batsmen and taking the all important wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli early in their innings, however it did not stop skipper and keeper  Dhoni putting on 54 runs not out, which was his 47th ODI half century.

    Pakistan scored 250 to the hosts 165 winning the 3 match series 2-0

    The tourists have previously won all 4 matches against India at Kolkata never losing an ODI

    The final ODI India v Pakistan is on Sunday January 6th at Delhi no pressure for Pakistan, should be a good match

    Tony Selby

     


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  • Mark Ramprakash Cricket Memorabilia

    Posted on December 31, 2012 by Selby

    Mark Ramprakash Cricket Memorabilia

    Congratulations to Mark Ramprakash, Mike Denness and Robert Croft for their recognition in the New Year Honours list.

    Cricket memorabilia has over the last two years increased in popularity by 11.2% according to a recent survey by Cricket Collectables, endorsing the fact that memorabilia associated with the most significant events and players will always be in demand.

    Mark Ramprakash made 35603 runs including 114 centuries during his First class career, he was awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours list, he holds the significant accolade of being one of only 25 batsmen to have scored 100 first class centuries, joining legendary cricketers such as W.G Grace and Don Bradman.

    In 1987 Ramprakash had the opportunity of becoming a professional footballer with Watford FC however he decided to join Middlesex CCC  scoring 63 not out against Yorkshire in his first match, he went on to make his Test debut with Graeme Hick and Steve Watkin in the 1991 England v West Indies series at Headingley.

    Mark Ramprakash (cap 549) played 52 Tests for England and was named Wisden cricketer of the year in 2007

    Mark Ramprakash retired on July 4th 2012 and now starts a new career as the Middlesex batting coach.

     

    Mike Denness has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

    Mike Denness has always been a favourite with collectors and cricket memorabilia from his illustrious career, of particular note is the Australia v England match at Melbourne 1975 when in the 1st innings he scored 188 runs, a signed scorecard several autographs and a signed cricket bat are available from this match.

    Hailing originally from Lanarkshire in Scotland he became the first Scotsman to Captain England, which reminds me somewhat of what a good job Irishman Eoin Morgan  is doing for the England side.(tremendous 6 off the last ball).

    Mike Denness played County Cricket for Essex and Kent between 1959 – 1980 scoring more than 30.000 runs in 501 matches.

    As a right hand opening bat he made his Test debut (cap 444) Test debut (cap no 444) on 21st August 1969 against New Zealand he went on to play in 28 Test Matches, 19 as Captain, scoring 1667 runs.

    Mike Denness who was named as Wisden Cricketer of the year in 1975, on retirement became a match official for the International Cricket Council. He succeeded John Shepherd as President of Kent County Cricket Club in 2012

     

    Robert Croft has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list

    Glamorgan and England cricketer(cap no 582), Robert Croft has played in 21 Test matches and 50 ODI, his First Class playing career saw him take over 1100 wickets and make more than 12.000 runs

    He Captained his County side from 2003 – 2006.

    Of particular interest to cricket memorabilia enthusiasts would be England v South Africa at Manchester in 1998 when he put on 37 not out batting no 8 enabling a much needed draw, a signed cricket presentation is available from this match.

    Glos v Glamorgan 2010 at Cheltenham Croft achieved a hat trick taking the wickets of Banerjee, Hussain and Steve Kirby, a number of autographs and a signed cricket bat are available from this event.

    On his retirement in 2004 he continues to be major figure in Glamorgan cricket and from time to time commentates on Sky TV.

    Tony Selby

     


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  • Victory in Nagpur

    Posted on December 17, 2012 by Selby

    Victory in Nagpur

    The outcome was set up for a draw on this wicket, signalling a win for England at the conclusion of this hard fought enthralling series.

    Cricket memorabilia will be in demand from all four test matches commemorating a first England win in 28 years.

    Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell put on 208 runs on the final day both scoring centuries ensuring England's first Test series victory in India since 1985.

    England did well to come back from a 1st test, 9 wicket defeat in Ahmedabad winning the series on a wicket which did no favours for players or spectators

    This result is sure give the Australians something to think about prior to the back to back Ashes series in 2013, Australia visit India early next year and that will give some good pointers of what is to come.

    Cook, was named man of the series after scoring three hundreds and a total 562 runs in the series his top score was 190 giving him an incredible average of 80.28. Pujara scored 438 with a high of 206 only playing 7 innings opposed to Cook's 8, Pujara ended up with the higher average of 87.60.

    Panesar took 17 wickets 3 behind both Swann and Ojha however unfortunately he was only brought into play for 3 matches the 1st match may have been so different if he had been selected earlier.

    James Anderson the tourist’s thirty year old pace man was awarded man of match at Nagpur taking 4 early order wickets for 81 runs in India 1st innings, this played a key part in England’s success; it was a surprise on a wicket where the spinners were expected to excel.

    The decision review system has been focused on after Cook received two poor decisions it remains to be seen whether the India Board of Control will upgrade their policies.

    I am hoping to have some cricket collectables from each match, signed scorecards, autographs and presentations.

    Tony Selby


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  • Shane Warne comeback

    Posted on December 11, 2012 by Selby

     

    Shane Warne the 43 year old, iconic Australian spin bowler is currently non-committal over rumours of his possible return to Test cricket in 2013, if invited by skipper Michael Clarke

    Cricket memorabilia associated with Shane has always been popular especially the Ashes series in which he was so successful, his 1067 international wickets are beyond reproach.

    In last week’s Big Bash league appearance for Melbourne Stars Shane conceded 41 runs to Melbourne Renegades in just a dozen wicket less deliveries, a return to test form needs to be viewed over a season not one match. Whichever way you look at it he would be inspirational to any team and a great mentor for younger players.

    In order to make a return to test cricket Shane would need to  get back into playing regular Sheffield Shield cricket which would not be a problem to him, social life permitting!!

    Let’s hope he can make a comeback, maybe a step backwards for Australia but great for Sky Sports. 

     

     

     

     

     


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  • India v England Mumbai

    Posted on November 24, 2012 by Selby

    India v England Mumbai
    England must get into bat early on day 2 then make a lot of runs to be in with any chance of resurrecting their hopes in the 2nd test, when India were on 119/5 they should have been gone for less than 200 runs.
    The dry wicket has favoured India and England must make a big push today.
    As I write this Graeme Swann has taken 3 of the remaining 4 wickets with Panesar completing a 5 wicket mark up
    Exciting weekend with F1 practice today(Vettel looking very strong Friday) and "Hitman" tonight at the Manchester Arena.

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  • Test Cricket India v England Mumbai

    Posted on November 20, 2012 by Selby

    Test Cricket India v England Mumbai
    No doubt that Alistair Cook made selection mistakes in the first test at Ahmedabab which led to a nine wicket hammering, there’s no way that left arm spinner Panesar should have been left out of the side, and he would have been ideally suited to the wicket.
     Despite Cook putting on 176 and Matt Prior 91 to keep England in the game on day 4, a draw was still out of reach, Ojha claiming both wickets. There was no help coming from the three England pace bowlers who could only muster 1/245.
    The closely following 2nd test in Mumbai on Friday will need a selection rethink if England are to level the series, the middle order batting of Jonathon Trott, Ian Bell, Kevin Peterson and Patel contributed only 68/8 scored over combined innings, which was disappointing to say the least.
    I would like to see 4 changes for Mumbai.
    Ian Bells decision to fly home solves one problem and leaves the door open for Jonny Bairstow.
    In addition I would like to see Finn, Panesar, and Ireland’s Eoin Morgan replace Broad, Bresnan, Patel and Ian Bell.
    India will get plenty of encouragement on Friday with the Mumbai Cricket Association presenting Tendulkar and Sehwag with silver salvers prior to the test, Tendulkar honoured for his 100 centuries and Sehwag for his 100th test appearance. Signed photos will make great cricket memorabilia.
    Time for England to put more reliance the spinners, hopefully, Swan, Patel, Panesar with the support of some decent England batting can turn things around in this critical test.
    Tony Selby

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  • Rare Cricket Autographs

    Posted on November 9, 2012 by Selby

     

    Collecting sports autographs is a rewarding pastime for the enthusiast or for the serious collector.

    It is notable that ideally the Autograph should be associated with the cricketer’s most memorable events, i.e.  highest test score, most wickets, best averages, landmarks,  career highs and famous matches, therefore a signed original photograph, completed scorecard, bat, dinner menu or tour itinerary are very collectable.

    Rare cricket autographs are always in demand and I devote this article to three recent purchases of mine.

    Edmund Peate ( 1885 – 1900), Yorks, Eng., Ted Peate was regarded by WG Grace as one of England’s best bowlers, he played in 9 test matches taking 31 wickets and 205 first class matches, 1017 wickets between 1879 – 1890. His test debut was England v Australia in 1881

    All items of cricket memorabilia associated with Peate are sought after by collectors however I have listed below a couple performances that I have collectables associated with.

    1883 Yorks v Surrey 8 wickets for 5 runs (signed & dated postcard)

    1882 England v Australia at the Oval 8/71 (tourist signed itinerary)

    He averaged 22.5 in test cricket, 13.4 in first class matches

    With these enviable bowling averages it is easy to understand the demand for his rare autograph

    James Lillywhite Jnr

    James Lillywhite Sussex, England (1862 -1885) a member of the cricketing/ publishing family, was an all-rounder, left arm spin bowler, low order batsman (county) and effective in the field. He captained the England team in the Test series in Australia and New Zealand during 1876/77

    Lillywhite made his first class debut for Sussex in 1862 playing for his county until 1885; in 1868 he was part of the North America touring side in 1868 led by Ned Willsher (Kent, Eng)

    Lillywhite led the first recognised Test tour in 1886/77 (his second tour of Australia),  He Captained the mainly professional England side in the 2nd test at Melbourne in April 1877 playing a combined Australian X1, England lost the match by 45 runs with Charles Bannerman (Aus) scoring the first ever test century, (165 not out in the 1st innings).

    Lillywhite made up for this setback later the same month with a 4 wicket win also played at the Melbourne ground. In the two match series he was more successful with the bat than the ball taking 8 wickets and making 16 runs.  It is interesting to note that 4 ball overs were played.

    Semi-retired during the period 1883 – 1901, he was an acknowledged cricket umpire officiating at 6 Test matches.

    James Lillywhite autographs and cricket memorabilia are always in demand.

    Dennis Compton (1918 – 1997) Middlesex, England,  a right hand batsman and slow left arm spinner he made 123 first class centuries took  621 wickets and as a fielder dismissed 416 batsmen.

    1947 Dennis Compton autographs and signed photo/postcards are popular with collectors as during the early post war years he scored 3816 first class runs at an average of 91 to include 18 memorable centuries. This was an important time in cricket following World War 11, during which most international matches were put on hold.

    Pre War cricket produced some excellent memorabilia, matches of interest include:

    1937 England v New Zealand at the Oval, his test debut

    1938 England v Australia at Nottingham

    1939 England v West Indies at Lords

    Dennis Compton played both cricket and football at international level in 1950 he was a member of the Arsenal team which won the FA cup he played in 60 matches scoring 16 goals.

    Rare cricket autographs are especially attractive when sourced from pre 1948 Ashes Test matches.

     

    Tony Selby

     

     


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  • Australian Cricket Collectables

    Posted on October 30, 2012 by Selby


    Ashes Memorabilia

    Cricketana derived from the Ashes Test Series is number one on most collectors’ wish lists.

    The notes I have made below are ones I use as a “memory jog” when sourcing Collectables, first a few word about the Ashes series.

    The Ashes have been played for between England and Australia since 1882, this highlight of international cricket is celebrated biennially in alternate hemispheres, England and Australia it is from these series that the best cricket memorabilia is available

    The series was named from a Sporting Times newspaper article in 1882 which suggested that English cricket was so poor it had died and that its dying ashes should be cremated and transported to Australia, this satirical comment led to the English press quoting the forthcoming England (Ivo Bligh’s X1) tour to Australia 1882/83 “the quest to regain the Ashes”

    Australia won the 1st Test at Melbourne on 30/12 by 9 wickets, however England found form winning the 2nd test also at Melbourne, excellent bowling by (Bates 7/27 - 7/74) followed by a win for the tourists at Sydney and possession of the Ashes. Note: (4 ball overs)

    Cricket Memorabilia from early Ashes contests is sought after by collectors, tour itineraries, completed scorecards, programmes; sepia photographs, (RPP) postcards, dinner menus and rare autographs are in short supply.

    Of particular interest to me are the Ashes series, 1882 to the years immediately after World War 2, up to the very popular 1948 series. It is important to note that outstanding performances during a match, individual or team, add to the collectors enthusiasm.

    Australia v England 1911-12

    England won the series 4 -1, Jack Hobbs scored 3 centuries whilst Sydney Barnes took 34 wickets at an average of 22.80 per wicket, Frank Foster 32 wickets for 22 runs, Hobbs scored 187, 126 not out in the 2nd innings, my preference would be the 3rd test at the Adelaide Oval. Barnes took 8 wickets

    During the series Foster and Barnes shared 66 of the 95 Australian wickets taken, Hobbs, Rhodes, Woolley and Jack Hearne scored centuries making their names in the series from the collector’s point of view. The batting combination of Hobbs and Rhodes, 147 opening stand at Adelaide is especially attractive when signed photos, scorecards are available for the 3rd test, bearing both autographs

    It should be that noted that Frank Woolley scored 305 not out for the MCC at Hobart Tasmania in 219 minutes, feats such as this do not seem to attract the same premium and are more readily available than Ashes items

    A signed postcard (part of a tour itinerary) was available some time ago of Hordern who took 32 England wickets in the series, this is an item of cricket memorabilia both sought after and not overtly expensive.

    Cricket Autographs from this match are rare; occasionally action photographs are sold from collections and are a good long term investment

    Below I have listed a number of significant Ashes contests, the point being to associate the appertaining memorabilia with the player/ match i.e. I have a Mead signed photograph taken when he scored 182 not out at Old Trafford, completed signed scorecards would be even better.

     

    England won the series 4 - 1

    England v Australia 1921

    1st test Trent Bridge Gregory (aus) 6/58 Mc Donald (aus) 5/32,

    4th test Old Trafford  Parkin  5/38

    5th test Kennington Oval, Mead 182 not out

    From a batting perspective in the series Woolley, Macartney and Bardsley would be my favourites

    England did not win a match – good series for Australian cricket memorabilia

    England v Australia 1926

    5th test Kennington Oval

    Jack Hobbs, Herbert Sutcliffe stand of 172 Hobbs 100, Sutcliffe 161

    I have a signed scorecard by Sutcliffe and Hobbs any associated cricket collectables are well worthwhile, with Gregory (aus) and Mailey (aus) even better.

    Mailey took 13 wickets with Grimmett and Tate 13 apiece

    England regained the Ashes in the final test following 4 draws

    Australia v England 1928/29

    1st test Brisbane,

    Hendron 169, White 4/7

    2nd test Sydney,

    Hammond 251

    3rd test Melbourne

    1st innings Hammond 200, 2nd innings Sutcliffe 135

    4th test Adelaide

    Hammond 119 -177

    5th test Melbourne

    Hammond made up for mediocre batting with 3 excellent wickets in the 2nd innings, Bradman and Woodfull both scored centuries

    Hammond’s contribution of 905 runs at an average of 114 endorses the scarcity of Hammond collectables from this series. Walter Hammond signed scorecards etc., if sourced are a must investment.

    White took 8/126 at Adelaide, Larwood 6/32 at Brisbane

    England won the first 4 tests resulting in a 4 – 1 win

    England v Australia 1930

    Owing to Don Bradman’s excellent performance in this series Cricket Memorabilia is a premium, the series was decided at the Oval which is probably the most collectable.

    1st test at Nottingham

    Bradman 131 in the 2nd innings

    2nd test at Lords

    Duleep a fine 173 caught Bradman off Grimmett  in the 1st innings, Woodfull 155 and Bradman 254

    2nd innings Percy Chapman 121

    3rd test at Headingley

    1ST innings Bradman 334, Hammond 113

    5th test Kennington Oval

    1st innings Sutcliffe 161, Ponsford 110, Bradman 232,

    Hornibrook 7/92

    Grimmetts series tally was a useful 29 wickets at an economical 31.9 runs

    During the 1930’s series Bradman scored 974 runs at 139.5, it is easy to understand England’s concerns in the build-up to the Bodyline series.

    Australia won the 5 test series 2 – 1- 2

    Australia v England 1932/33 Bodyline series

    I have written extensively about this series and my advice to potential collectors is simple, this series is highly collectable, my personal interest is in Tour itineraries and signed team sheets

     

    England v Australia 1934

    1st test Trent Bridge

    Farnes 5/77, O’Reilly 7/54

    2nd test Lords

    Ames 120, Leyland 109, Brown 105

    Verity 7/61. 8/43 signed scorecards are available for this test

    3rd test at Old Trafford

    1st innings, Hendren 132, Leyland 153, Stan Mc Cabe 137

    4th test Headingley Ponsford 181, Bradman 304

    Bowes 6/142

    5th test Kennington Oval

    Ponsford 266, Bradman 244, Leyland 110

    The series was decided in final test which is probably the most collectable.

    Over eight innings Bradman scored 758 runs.  Bradman signed a lot of autographs over the years so for value it is important to relate his signature directly to the event: signed photographs, postcards and tour material achieves this.

    Australia won the series 2 - 1

     

     Australia v England 1936/37

    1st test at Brisbane Leyland 126, Fingleton 100, Voce 6/41,4/16, Ward 6/102, Allen 5/36, O’Reilly 5/102

    2nd test at Sydney Hammond 231 not out.

    I have a team signed cricket bat and signed photograph of Walter Hammond from this event however would like a signed scorecard.

    3rd test at Melbourne in the 2nd innings Leyland 111, Singletons scored 136 and Bradman an amazing 270; any collectables from this series are excellent.

    4th test at Adelaide

    Barnett 129, Bradman 212, Fleetwood Smith took 6 wickets for 110

    5th test at Melbourne

    Australia 604 in the 1st innings, Bradman 169, McCabe 112, Badcock 118

    Australia won the (8 ball over) series 3 – 2

     

    England v Australia 1938

    Len Hutton’s 364 is a tremendous achievement, associated memorabilia can only appreciate in value.

    1st test at Trent Bridge, Barnett 126, Hutton 100, Paynter 219, Compton 102, Mc Cabe 232 following on in the 2nd innings Brown 133, Bradman 144

    2nd test at Lords Hammond 240, Brown 206, Bradman 102 not out in the 2nd innings

    4th test at Headingley Bradman 104 in the 2nd innings

    5th test at Oval 1st innings Hutton 364, Leyland 187, Hardstaff 169 not out, Bowes 5/49, O’Reilly 5/56, 5/66

    4 match series drawn 1 – 1

    England v Australia 1948

    1st test at Trent Bridge, Bradman 138, Hassett 137, Compton 184, Johnston 5/35

    2nd test at Lords, Morris 105, Barnes 141 in the 2nd innings, Lindwall 5/70

    3rd test at Old Trafford , Compton 145 not out, a notable achievement in passing his 18000 runs in first class cricket, Dennis Compton memorabilia from this series is especially collectable

    4th test at Headingley Washbrook 143, Edrich 111, Harvey 112, Morris 182 in the 2nd innings and Bradman 173 not out

    5th Test at the Oval, Morris 196, Lindwall 6/20

    Don Bradman who turned 40 years of age during the tour led Australia on his 4th and last tour of England. His team became known as the Invincibles as they were undefeated in every match they played. The tourists won 4 Test Matches 1 drawn and 23 first class matches drawing 8. The tourists are widely regarded as the best Test side ever.

    Cricket memorabilia from the 1948 series is very collectable, signed team sheets are at a premium if they are complete, especially if SG Barnes has autographed the sheet instead of his usual hand stamp.

    The 1948 tour itineraries postcards and photos showing the RMS Strathaird which the team sailed on from Fremantle to Tilbury are a favourite.

    The 1948 Australian team is probably the most popular with collectors after the 1932/33 infamous Bodyline series.

    Tony Selby

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  • Bill Voce Cricket Autographs

    Posted on October 24, 2012 by Selby

    Bill Voce Cricket Autographs are always in demand, however it is the series/match that the Autograph is associated with that is of interest to the collector.

    Voce is perhaps best remembered for his part in the infamous 1932/33 Bodyline series and as always cricket memorabilia from this series is top of many collectors’ wish lists.

    Of particular interest to most Bodyline series collectors are tour itineries, original real postcards, panoramic ground photographs, signed team sheets, action photographs and pictures taken of the Orient Line steam ship Orontes which took the Captain Douglas Jardine and the MCC side to Ceylon and Freemantle.

    However his best performances were in the 1936/37 Ashes series in Australia, this particular tour in conjunction with the 1932/33 Bodyline series are the most interesting from a collector’s point of view.

    The 1st test Australia v England at Brisbane on the 4/12/1936 is a good example 6/41 in the 1st innings and 4/16 in the 2nd following on at Sydney with another outstanding display which destroyed the early batting order.

    Bill Voce (1909 – 1984) hails from Kirby – in – Ashfield a market town in Nottinghamshire. He made his First Class debut for Notts against Glos in 1927. His Test debut followed in 1930 when he was selected for the West Indies tour Captained by the Hon FSG Calthorpe, where his left arm medium pace  achieved 4/79 in the 2nd Test followed by 7/70 in the second innings at Queens Park Oval Port of Spain. It is performances such as this, especially in a debut series that make any cricket collectables especially attractive.

    I currently own signed completed official scorecards from the 2nd Test and the 4th at Kingston.

    The following year 1931 Voce took 123 wickets averaging 19.7 runs per wicket which is very economical bowling in anyone’s book, the next year in the run up to the Bodyline series he achieved 136 wickets at an even better average of 16.82 he was now assured of his place with Harold Larwood on the 1932/33 Australian tour.

    The MCC were determined that England bring home the Ashes  from the winter tour of 1932-33.

    Douglas Jardine was appointed Captain; he was convinced that Larwood and Voce were key to dealing with the Australian batsmen, primarily Don Bradman. The technique they planned to use was known as leg theory, involving bowling fast rising, short pitched deliveries on or just outside the leg stump, not only intimidating the batsman but creating the chance of leg side deflections to the cordon of close in fielders behind square leg.

    The end result was a Series win for England Don Bradman who had maintained an enviable batting average during his career of 99.9 showed a series average of 56.6 which is still excellent by any standards. England regained the Ashes with a 4/1 margin nearly dividing two continents in the process. It is notable that England won the 1st test at Sydney by 10 wickets where leg theory was not deployed, whilst Gubby Allen took 8 wickets for 131 in the 3rd test also using conventional bowling.

    Voce played his last Test against Australia v England 3rd test at Melbourne in 1947 and continued playing with Notts up to 1952.

    He played in 27 Tests with a tally of 13.5 with the bat and a bowling average of (98 wks) 27.9.

    All autographs from this period are of interest specifically signed team sheets and photographs, a signed action photograph of Bill Voce and Harold Larwood would make a great item of cricket memorabilia.

    I would be interested to hear from any readers who have Bodyline Series collections.

    Tony Selby

     

     


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