Top drawer cricket : Ashes 1948 on video with top-drawer commentary


by Tom Farman, 18 Jul 2013

This recently unearthed British Council documentary provides a snapshot of   English cricket over 60 years ago. Narrated by Sir Ralph Richardson and the   great BBC commentator John Arlott, it shows beautiful footage of Test   cricket and the theatre surrounding it, as well as the more humble cricket   on the village green. There is some splendid slow-motion footage of the Lord’s Test of 1948,   featuring such legends of the game as Sir Don Bradman, Sir Len Hutton, Denis   Compton and Keith Miller. The Pathe documentary footage is also very strong on the crowd, the sense of   occasion of a Lord’s Test that remains every bit as much of a national event   today as it did in Sir Don’s last Ashes tour of England.

Aussies on board ship at Tilbury, II Bradman’s Invincibles at Tilbury docks, 1948

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