For those who cannot wait for the start of the Perth Test here is some film of the 1948 Lord’s Test, England v The Invincibles.
Dave Allen has been in touch with Third Man to share a gem of a discovery. A British Council Film, Cricket (1948). Narration by Richardson (Ralph) and Arlott, sounding a little like Bond, James Bond, even down to chain smoking Chesterfields.
It’s subject? 22 yards, 4 rods, poles and perches, 1 chain. It is more than just a few glimpses of Bradman batting, Hutton fielding, Compton on a ‘sticky’ and bucking, bridling Bill O’Reilly.
It is Unmitigated England. A celebration of ‘wistful yearnings never quite fulfilled’. Bat and ball making. A homage to cricketers of long ago. A glimpse of coaching at the old County Ground in Southampton where Third Man’s coach, Arthur Holt, is seen as a very young man doing what he did best. Where else would Arlott take the cameraman?
It is all a long way from Perth, December 2010. Australia win by hundreds.
Watch it here, all 17 glorious minutes of it.