364 v Australia, The Oval, 1938
An exhibition of concentration and endurance as remarkable has rarely been seen on cricket field. Record after record went by as Hutton mastered the bowling for the best part of two and a half days at The Oval
. Having concentrated for over 13 hours, 20 minutes, the 22-year-old had the highest score in Test cricket to his name, and shared in two huge partnerships: 382 with Maurice Leyland, a record for any wicket for England, and 215 with Joe Hardstaff, a new record for England's sixth wicket. As a boy of 14, Hutton had seen Bradman hit 334 at Leeds, and in only his sixth Test he left that feat behind, also setting up a win by an innings and 579 runs.
196 v West Indies, Lord's, 1939
After Bill Copson's five-for bowled West Indies out for 277 in the first Test
of the series, England were 147 for 3 when Hutton, along with Denis Compton, batted West Indies out of the game.Hutton's defence was absolutely sound, and though he spent four hours reaching three figures, his last 96 runs came in 95 minutes. There were one five and 21 fours among his strokes; 14 of his boundaries came after he passed the century, when he revealed a grand array of strokes. Bad light caused stoppages and at one time flashes of lightning threatened a deluge. Lord's escaped the storm, but West Indies couldn't.
202 not out v West Indies, The Oval, 1950
Trevor Bailey, who batted at No. 6 in the Test
, wrote he never saw Hutton bat better. It was one of Hutton's single-handed efforts in an era when other stalwarts were fading away. On a treacherous pitch, against the wiles of Sonny Ramadhin and Alf Valentine, England had to go without Cyril Washbrook, Gilbert Parkhouse and Godfrey Evans. The next-best score in the innings was 44. Hutton rose magnificently to the occasion, but he lost partners rapidly against balls that lifted and turned nastily. To save the follow-on and make West Indies bat on that pitch was the only way back for England, but they fell short by 10 after a fighting last-wicket stand.
156 not out v Australia, Adelaide, 1950-51
The second instance
of Hutton carrying his bat. Against the speed of Ray Lindwall and Keith Miller, the spin of Jack Iverson and Ian Johnson, and the mixture of spin and swing provided by Bill Johnston, he scored 156 out of 272; next-best was 29. The only worthwhile support came from Reg Simpson, who stayed while 73 were added for the second wicket, and from Doug Wright in a last-wicket stand of 53. Hutton batted 10 minutes over six hours and hit 11 fours. Against Hutton the bowling looked almost mediocre, but most of the other batsmen made it appear lethal.
145 v Australia, Lord's, 1953
In the second Test
of the Ashes-regaining series, Hutton missed three catches, one of which bruised his thumb, but he made up for it with the bat. Wisden
called his 145 "as near perfect an exhibition of the art of batting as one could ever expect to see". More important than the numerical value was the supreme confidence and freedom. The Australians tried everything in their power, but Hutton was a master. The sight of him giving free rein to his strokes brought undisguised delight to many who had bemoaned the lack of aggression in Test cricket.
169 v West Indies, Georgetown, 1953-54
Not many gave England a chance going into this series, and they lost the first two Tests to show why. In the third
, though, Hutton turned the tables, playing faultlessly for seven hours and 40 minutes. He concentrated mainly on safety, but occasionally he produced a cover-drive, cut or leg glance that revealed his superb technique. The bowlers, Brain Statham and Jim Laker mainly, responded, and England kept the series alive.
205 v West Indies, Kingston, 1953-54
In the decider
of this tough series, England accomplished their most noteworthy achievement by drawing a series from 0-2 down against a powerful West Indies side. After Trevor Bailey destroyed West Indies for 139, Hutton took them out of the game. For concentration and control, Hutton's innings of a shade under nine hours scarcely could have been excelled. Many of his 23 fours - he also drove Garry Sobers for 6 - came from his cover-drive. For this, then the only double-century by an England captain on a tour abroad, he deserved unstinting praise, considering the responsibilities and worries on his shoulders.