Len Hutton: Led England back to the top

Marked out as a potential star from his teenage years, Hutton first played for England in 1937, and went on to break the Test innings record by scoring 364 in only his sixth Test.

By the time the war broke out, he had established himself as one of the leading batsmen in England. However, during the war, he received a serious injury to his arm and took a long time to recover and this affected his batting afterwards.

When cricket resumed, Hutton again became one of England's leading batsmen and by the time of England's tour to Australia in 1950–51, the batting relied very heavily on him. He was chosen as England captain in 1952 to mixed reactions, but with his batting making a large contribution, England were able to regain the Ashes in 1953.

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