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Eight new balls, Boycs' go-extra-slow, Gower's stand-in bat

Jun 23, 2015: Plus debutant brothers, a man who paid for the honour of captaining England, champagne to celebrate a first wicket, and more fun Ashes facts

Rob Smyth

When Bedser bowled the Don for a duck

Sep 1, 2014: After receiving a pasting at the hands of the Australians during the first post-war Ashes tour, Bedser decided he had to think up a new delivery: the legcutter

Ashley Mallett


Same Ashes, but an altogether different world

Aug 17, 2013: England regained the Ashes at The Oval in 1953 and 2005. But the experience of Test cricket could not have changed more in in the 52 years between the two matches

Martin Williamson

Sir Alec Bedser, 1918-2010

A nod of satisfaction

Jun 1, 2011: Alec Bedser was one of the great bowlers, and someone to whom commitment was the first commandment

John Woodcock

Wisden Obituary

Alec Bedser

Apr 13, 2011: For the purists, it seems a travesty that Read, often regarded as the best gloveman in the country, did not play more for England

Alec Bedser

A giant of his generation

Apr 5, 2010: Alec Bedser was an impressive figure of a man, and his feats with the ball were befittingly large

David Frith

Sir Alec Bedser 1918-2010

'The typical English professional cricketer'

Apr 5, 2010: Micky Stewart, the former Surrey captain, has described Alec Bedser, who died on Sunday evening at the age of 91, as the "typical traditional English professional cricketer"

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sir Alec Bedser, 1918-2010

Sir Alec Bedser dies aged 91

Apr 4, 2010: Sir Alec Bedser, the Surrey and England fast bowler who Don Bradman said "worried me more than any other Englishman," died on Sunday evening at the age of 91

ESPNcricinfo staff

The best from England and Australia

The Ashes Masters

Jul 1, 2009: David Frith looks at the players from England and Australia who excelled in Ashes cricket - the toughest Test cauldron of all. His choices include Alec Bedser, who died in April 2010

David Frith

Alec Bedser at 90

The endurance of the 'Big Fella'

Jul 4, 2008: He was England's inexhaustible colossus in the lean post-war years - both wicket-taker and stock bowler. A salute to Alec Bedser on his 90th birthday

Alan Hill

Alec Bedser at 90: Timeline

From Surrey pro to knight of the realm

Jul 4, 2008: The eventful life and times of an England stalwart

Martin Williamson

Basil D'Oliveira

Dolly mixture

Jun 26, 2008: Forty summers ago a Cape Coloured South African playing for England unwittingly threw MCC into crisis over a tour to the apartheid republic

Rob Steen

Snow and Sunny's argy bargy

Aug 11, 2007: Cricket history is littered with no-nonsense characters, and two of the most single-minded ones came into contact when England met India at Lord's in 1971

Martin Williamson

Best performances at The Oval

Taking centre stage at Kennington

Aug 8, 2007: England and India have played nine Tests at The Oval over the years and Cricinfo looks back at the memorable performances

George Binoy

Tale of the tail

Aug 4, 2007: Chandu Sarwate and Shute Banerjee's record-breaking last-wicket stand at The Oval in 1946

Martin Williamson

Cricketing knights

Jun 16, 2007: Cricketers who have received knighthoods

Martin Williamson

Cricinfo XI

Off to a flier

Jun 14, 2007: Darren Sammy's return of 7 for 66 on his debut for West Indies at Old Trafford was not quite enough to give his side victory, nor did it put him in the top XI of best returns on debut. Here are the best of the best

Martin Williamson


The Tiger's triumph

Aug 19, 2006: Salil Benegal looks back at Bill O'Reilly's career

Salil Benegal

Cricinfo XI

Comedy of errors

Aug 8, 2006: Andrew Miller on some of the more comical dismissals in cricket's history

Andrew Miller

Eric Bedser 1918-2006

Eric Bedser dies aged 87

May 24, 2006: Eric Bedser, whose cricket ability was overshadowed by the achievements of his twin, Alec, has died at the age of 87

Martin Williamson
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