The Coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II, and the beginning of a new glory for English cricket - or so Preston hoped. Neville Cardus welcomed the Australians by looking back at 75 years of Ashes battles. Alec Bedser was feted as a "giant among bowlers". An updated list of dates in cricket history was printed, with the first probable reference of the game dating back to 1300, in the wardrobe accounts of King Edward I. There is also a tour report on West Indies' tour of Australia, 21 years after their first visit there. It was noted that "advance speculation described the visit of West Indies as a tour designed to decide the unofficial 'cricket championship of the world'."
Editor Norman Preston
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Almanack essays

Notes by the Editor

England's chance to regain the Ashes, 1953

A. V. Bedser: a gaint among bowlers

An institution in the game, 1953

Australia throw down the gauntlet


Dates in cricket history


History of Derbyshire cricket

Gallant struggle against adversity, 1953

Series included

India in England, 1952

Report | Matches

M.C.C. tour of India, Pakistan and Ceylon, 1951-52

Report | Matches

West Indies in Australia and New Zealand, 1951-52

Report | Matches