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England's loss of the Ashes to Australia naturally overshadowed the previous summer, but the editor was more worried about the conduct of the press during the series. In comments which could have been written 50 years later, he said that the newspapers were concerned: "not so much how the game was going or how certain players acquitted themselves, but rather, tittle-tattle of a mischievous character which, in the long run, prompted the inevitable question: Are Test Matches really worth while?" The unfortunate incident when the Australians played Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge was also a worry. The major long-term change, however, was the amendment to the lbw law, aimed at eliminating tedious padding away of the ball, received a cautious welcome. "I don't think that the new rule goes quite far enough. Nothing whatever is said about the ball pitching on the leg-side of the striker's wicket. Surely, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander; and I can see no cogent reason why off-break bowlers are favoured and leg-break bowlers ignored."
Editor Sydney Southerton
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