Oval groundsman Bosser Martin poses with his four-ton roller

The Oval grind of 1938

Playing a Test to the finish, however long that might take, seemed a good idea once upon a time. But a 900-plus total showed why that wasn't the case

Ian Botham races back to the pavilion with a souvenir stump


Beefy's 28-ball Ashes broadside

Ian Botham had had a quiet match at Edgbaston in 1981, until he was summoned into the attack for one last burst at the Australians

Derek Underwood looks at photographs of his ten wickets


The fungus that floored the Aussies

Australia's 1972 tourists were fuming after the pitch at Leeds was left bare, slow and perfectly suited to the bowling of England's Derek Underwood

Jim Laker walks back after taking all ten wickets


When Laker skittled the Aussies

Jim Laker's 19 wickets at Old Trafford in 1956 came close to being overshadowed by a row over the Old Trafford pitch

Vallance Jupp


Absent... in prison

The England allrounder who missed a summer after being sent down

Harry Lee bats for Middlesex

Back from the dead

The story of Harry Lee, an England batsman who played a Test match after being declared officially dead

Wally Hammond and Lindsay Hassett walks back from the toss


A victory for cricket

Within days of World War II ending, England and Australia were meeting at Lord's

The scoreboard tells the story of a remarkable win


Greenidge's brutal assault

When Gordon Greenidge smashed a last-day double-hundred to win a Lord's Test