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Cover of Edging Towards Darkness © Bloomsbury

  • Mar 31, 1939

    Ken Farnes and Hedley Verity return to England at the end of the 1939 tour of South Africa © Getty Images

  • Mar 14, 1939

    The scoreboard at the end of the Timeless Test © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 14, 1939

    Preparing the pitch at the start of the tenth and final day © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 13, 1939

    Eddie Paynter pulls through midwicket © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 13, 1939

    Bill Edrich runs the ball down to third man during his double hundred © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 10, 1939

    Ken Viljoen pulls past Bill Edrich at short leg © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 8, 1939

    Pieter van der Bijl flicks the ball to long leg © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 8, 1939

    Norman Gordon bowling in the nets at Durban © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 6, 1939

    Paul Gibb edges through the slips © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 4, 1939

    Dudley Nourse cuts for four on his way to a hundred © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 3, 1939

    The South Africa side for the Timeless Test © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Mar 3, 1939

    A rare attacking shot from Pieter van der Bijl in the Timeless Test © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

  • Jan 5, 1939

    The England squad for the 1938-39 tour of South Africa © ESPNcricinfo Ltd