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Wally Hammond      

Full name Walter Reginald Hammond

Born June 19, 1903, Buckland, Dover, Kent

Died July 1, 1965, Kloof, Natal, South Africa (aged 62 years 12 days)

Major teams England, Gloucestershire, South Africa Air Force

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

Education Cirencester Grammar School

In a nutshell With over 50,000 first-class runs and a batting average of 58.45 in Tests, Hammond was the undisputed successor to Jack Hobbs as England's premier batsman. His bowling and slip fielding made him simply invaluable to the team during the Bradman era. More

Walter Reginald Hammond
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 85 140 16 7249 336* 58.45 22 24 27 110 0
First-class 634 1005 104 50551 336* 56.10 167 185 820 3
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 85 110 7969 3138 83 5/36 7/87 37.80 2.36 96.0 1 2 0
First-class 634 51579 22389 732 9/23 30.58 2.60 70.4 22 3
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 24-27, 1927 scorecard
Last Test New Zealand v England at Christchurch, Mar 21-25, 1947 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1920-1951

The judgment of cricket history is that the greatest batsmen the game has known are - in order of appearance, only - WG Grace, Jack Hobbs, Walter Hammond and Don Bradman. Others may come close indeed to those four but do not quite take place with them. It is, of course, coincidence that two of them played for Gloucestershire; but without doubt Hammond, although he was not a native of that county, succeeded by right and without question to the eminence there previously occupied solely by Dr Grace.

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The lonely colossus

Solitary and often moody, Hammond was England's giant in the age of Bradman, and his figures bear testament to a career of mammoth achievements

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In the shadow of the Don

The only batsman who could better Hammond's prolific run-making and his supreme skills on sticky wickets was Bradman

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Aug 10, 1951

Wally Hammond makes a final - ill-advised - appearance for Gloucestershire, August 10, 1951

Wally Hammond makes a final - ill-advised - appearance for Gloucestershire in 1951

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Nov 29, 1946

Wally Hammond and Don Bradman go out to toss at the start of the 1946-47 series, Brisbane, November 29, 1946

Wally Hammond and Don Bradman go out to toss at the start of the 1946-47 series

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Aug 3, 1946

Walter Hammond, August 3, 1946

Walter Hammond

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Wally Hammond cricket photos

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1928

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