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England routed in 'a travesty of a game'

Dec 21, 2013: England went Down Under with great expectations in 1958, but things went downhill rapidly for them

Martin Williamson

It's a draw!

Dec 9, 2013: After Darren Bravo's superb effort in Dunedin, a look at some other famous match-saving innings in Tests

Steven Lynch


A barnacle on Australia's backside

Nov 23, 2013: Questionable spirit of cricket isn't just a modern tendency. Great players of the past also indulged in it, especially when it came to saving a Test

Martin Williamson


721 all out... in a day

Jun 30, 2012: Essex were the only county to bowl the 1948 Australians out, and what's more they did so in a day - but not before the tourists had amassed a world record score

Martin Williamson

Wisden Obituary

Trevor Edward Bailey

May 1, 2012: Bailey may have been a controversial figure, but it was beyond doubt that he was an all-rounder who used every ounce of his talent and possessed a shrewd cricket brain

England's steely lynchpin

Feb 11, 2011: Trevor Bailey may have been known for his stonewalling batting but it was as a match-winning bowler that he demanded attention

Alan Hill

'He was cricket and Essex, through and through'

Feb 11, 2011: A selection of tributes to former England allrounder, and Test Match Special commentator, Trevor Bailey

ESPNcricinfo staff

England news

Trevor Bailey dies in fire at age of 87

Feb 10, 2011: The former England allrounder, Trevor Bailey, is understood to have died in a fire at his retirement home in Essex. He was 87

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cricinfo XI

Good morning and welcome ...

May 17, 2007: The best XI from the Test Match Special commentary team

Martin Williamson

June 2006

The XI bolts from the blue

May 28, 2006: Batsmen in the wickets, bowlers in the runs or Boycott hitting sixes. Steve Pittard digs out tales of the unexpected

England v Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, 1953

Cricket as a situations game

Sep 12, 2005: Trevor Bailey recalls the day that England won the Ashes in 1953

The Top Ten ...

The epoch makers

Jul 7, 2005: Andrew Miller looks back on ten of the greatest momentum-seizing matches in Anglo-Australian history

Andrew Miller


'It was just one of those days'

Feb 26, 2005: In the Test Trial of 1950 Jim Laker, who had been rejected by Yorkshire, returned to his home of Bradford and took the remarkable figures of 8 for 2

Martin Williamson

July 1980

The Watson- Bailey epic

Oct 4, 2004: John Arlott's personal reflections on the great England rearguard at Lord's in 1953, when, it seemed, half the country held its breath all afternoon

Essex v Australians, Southend, May 15-17 1948

The Southend slaughter

May 24, 2004: There have been some bloodthirsty battles in southern Essex

Willie Watson 1920-2004

A man for all seasons

Apr 24, 2004: Willie Watson, who has died at 84, saved the 1953 Lord's Test with a memorable innings, and was one of the last to play both cricket and football for England

March 2004

The second-most controversial tour in history

Mar 9, 2004: England's tour of West Indies in 1953-54 had it all - diplomatic incidents, riots, a chucking row, and a gripping Test series

The Wisden Cricketer - November 2003

The way it was: 1954

Nov 14, 2003: Stephen Chalke talks to Trevor Bailey on what it takes to be an allrounder

Fred Trueman

Truth and friction blend with eloquent ease

Nov 30, 1996: Michael Parkinson interviews Fred Trueman

Michael Parkinson

Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 1954-55

My baptism of fire

Jan 16, 1983: Keith Andrew recalls a gruelling experience in Brisbane in 1954

Keith Andrew
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