England won the first Test by nine wickets, Australia v England, 1st Test, Sydney, December 17, 1897 © Getty Images

  • Dec 14, 1897

    Ranji returns after making 175, one of the great Ashes innings © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Sep 3, 1897

    WG Grace in posed defensive shot © Wisden

  • Jan 1, 1897

    K S Ranjitsinhji displays a backward defensive shot © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Jan 1, 1897

    K S Ranjitsinhji displays his leg glance © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • 1897

    The Oval pavilion being built, circa 1897 © Getty Images

  • 1897

    Bill Lockwood © Surrey County Cricket Club

  • 1897

    Ranjitsinhji demonstrates a shot in his Jubilee Book of Cricket © The Cricketer International

  • 1897

    Arthur Mold bowling, around 1897 © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • 1897

    Arthur Mold bowling, around 1897 © ESPNcricinfo Ltd