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Hammond, Walter R
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Test: 1927 - 1947
First Class: 1920 - 1951
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Wally Hammond: Rival to Bradman, top class allrounder

Hammond, Walter R

Born : 19 June 1903 at Buckland, Dover, Kent, England
Died : 1 July 1965 at Kloof, Natal, South Africa

Wally Hammond was one of the greatest batsmen the game has seen, in addition to being a fine medium-fast bowler and great slip fielder. His batting style was powerful and authoritative.

Over a 30-year career, he took over the mantle as England's premier batsman from Jack Hobbs and throughout the 1930s was the only real answer to the Bradman threat. He was the first batsman to reach 6,000 and then 7,000 Test runs and his eventually aggregate remained a record until Colin Cowdrey broke it more than 20 years later.

He set a world record for the highest score in Test cricket when he made 336* against New Zealand at Auckland in 1933, an innings that included a then record 10 sixes. His finest Test innings was probably the 240 he made against Australia at Lord's in 1938.

In the 1928/29 series against Australia he scored 905 runs at an average of 113.12 in five Tests. He captained England in 20 of his Tests.

His final Test aggregates for both runs and catches set world records. His bowling was useful and nippy and he took over 700 first-class wickets. In all first-class cricket he scored over 50 000 runs and took 800 catches.

His obituary in Wisden summed him up: "He was, unchallengeably, one of the cricketing immortals."

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