The summer of ’48 and two of the greatest wicketkeepers of all time

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    The Summer of 1948 was a truly unique one.

    After the ravages of six years of war and continuing rationing, the stoic English men, women and children welcomed the Australian team with open arms when they crossed the seas for the first Ashes tour since the end of the Second World War.

    While a strong Australian team and the prospect of Ashes cricket for the first time in nearly a decade captured the public’s imagination, for the leader of the team, Donald Bradman, who was on his farewell tour, they reserved their unabashed adulation.

    People all over England and Scotland braved the vagaries of weather and turned up in their thousands for every one of the 34 fixtures on that tour. And for the 23 in which The Don put in his appearance, the crowds queued up from the previous night, waiting through rain and mist, sitting in the open for hours, waiting for the time when Bradman would bat.

    Every time he came out to bat, and every time he went back to the pavilion, the applause and the love for the genius of the man was amply evident.

    The love for Bradman was not entirely shared by the English cricket team, and understandably so.

    He was a man on a mission in his last series as an Australian captain and player, and determined to come back home without a loss from the almost six-month long series. He was not about to give any quarter and stumble at the last hurdle as his predecessors had done in 1902 and 1921, losing in the final festival match.

    Bradman took every one of the 34 matches in that 1948 series seriously, making sure his team did not let up, even when he himself was not playing. And when he played, he ensured the opposition were ground to dust.

    The approach didn’t win him many friends, either in the opposition or within his own team.

    One of Bradman’s closest friends was Walter Robins, one of the English selectors. Allegations flew thick and fast that Bradman had a hand in selecting the English Test teams to ensure the strongest team did not take the field. Unfounded perhaps, but they would not go away, as the Australians piled up success after success.

    Keith Miller, for one, fancied himself as a batsman. But Bradman knew Miller and Lindwall, with their blistering speed and ability to bowl bouncers to Englishmen not used to that kind of pace and bounce, in a series where the ball was replaced every 55 overs, were a far more potent weapon than wasting Miller as a batsman in a team loaded with excellent wielders of the willow.

    Being mates with the likes of Bill Edrich and Godfrey Evans from his wartime services in England, and at the best of times a less than taciturn man, Miller made no secret of his discontent, especially when the bowling overload caused his series batting average to be lower than Lindwall’s, a man not known for his batting.

    Sidney Barnes, for another, firmly believed himself to be a better batsman than Bradman and was determined to outscore him during the series. The fact he failed in this was never far from his mind.

    Notwithstanding these internal and external battles on and off the field, and the debate about how strong the English cricket team was in 1948 after losing a generation of fast bowlers unable to develop in their prime years due to the war, Don Bradman’s team won the Ashes.

    They also came away as the first and undoubtedly the last undefeated side to complete such a tour of the British Isles, and irrevocably and for all time to come, earned themselves the sobriquet of ‘The Invincibles’.

    But while all this was taking place on and off the field that summer of 1948, an almost unnoticed rivalry was on display between two of the greatest wicketkeepers the world has ever seen.

    Don Tallon and Godfrey Evans were separated by team rivalry but joined by their genius behind the stumps.

    Don Tallon
    If there was one thing that Bradman and his 1948 teammate and mercurial all-rounder Miller agreed on, it was that Don Tallon was the best wicketkeeper ever.

    Miller’s opening partner, and the fastest bowler of his time, Lindwall, agreed. The Don even included him as wicketkeeper in his all-time XI – a team that stretched across time from Clarrie Grimmett to Sachin Tendulkar.

    Writing in Cricket Country, Arunabha Sengupta aptly described Tallon thusly:

    “Unusually tall for a stumper, Tallon crouched nearly double as the bowler started out on his run-up and remained motionless until he had seen all that he needed to know from the delivery – pace, flight, spin and swerve. His keeping was characterised by neat and unhurried work, alert and agile, especially superlative on the leg side. Ground was covered with easy movements, catches were made with perfect technique and little fuss, stumpings were carried out with subtle, surgical precision. Indeed, his 131 stumpings in First-Class cricket hardly saw the removal of anything but a dignifiedly flicked single bail.”

    Debuting against an English side for a Queensland Country XI at Toowoomba in 1932-33 when he was sixteen, Tallon’s first victim was Herbert Sutcliffe.

    Bradman was a fan and wanted him in the 1938 Ashes side but was outvoted at the selection committee meeting and Victoria’s Ben Barnett was chosen instead to sail for England. Tallon had missed his chance.

    By the time the Second World War broke out, Tallon had equalled E Pooley’s long-standing world record of twelve victims in a match (it has yet to be beaten) for Queensland against New South Wales in Sydney during the 1938-39 season. He had six victims in each innings, catching nine of them and stumping three.

    His prime years were, however, to be spent on the battlefields, away from the 22 yards.

    Tallon joined the Australian Army in 1940 and was discharged three years later, afflicted with painful stomach ulcers. A successful surgery thereafter took away a part of his stomach but allowed him to get back to the game he loved.

    When cricket resumed after the war, Tallon was a clear leader in the race for the wicketkeeping spot in the Australian team, with Bert Oldfield now retired, Barnett’s four years as a prisoner of war of Japan in Singapore leaving him in no condition to play, and Charlie Walker having been killed by Nazi pilots over Soltau in Germany.

    He finally made his Test debut against New Zealand at Wellington in 1946, but it would be a couple of years before he would know it. It was only in 1948 that the match was given Test status. His first dismissal was an “exceptionally smart piece of stumping” off Bill ‘Tiger’ O’Reilly, the great leg-spinner appearing his final Test.

    And so on to 1948 and the Invincibles tour.

    Wisden said in his obituary a few decades later

    “Having made the wicket-keeping place his own against England in 1946-47, and established what was then a record twenty victims in the series, he was an integral part of Bradman’s brilliant 1948 side in England, being equally at home whether keeping to the speed of Lindwall and Miller or the spin of Johnson, McCool and Ring.”

    But that doesn’t even begin to tell us about Tallon the man or the ‘keeper.

    Quite appropriately, if trifle insensitively, known by his nickname ‘Deafy’, Tallon was a very quiet man, probably due to a lifelong medical condition that affected his hearing. He got his nickname in a county game on that tour when, unusually, he was the only Australian not to appeal for a snicked catch. Ron Hamence said, “What’s the matter with you these days? You must be deaf as well as dumb.”

    The name stuck.

    His teammate, Doug Ring, said, “All he used to do was grin at you. He hardly said anything to you. He’d gamble: he and Keith Miller used to have bets on who’d hit the next four and that sort of thing. He played cards and he smoked incessantly, of course, but he rarely said anything at all.”

    But on the field, under Bradman’s captaincy, Tallon turned into such a vociferous appealer that the English complained that he was intimidating the umpires.

    He was also the butt of practical jokes but took it all rather well.

    Colin McCool, who had a frustrating series as he rarely got a game due to Bradman exploiting the 55 over rule to the hilt by primarily bowling his pace bowlers, got his entertainment where he could. He was fascinated by the wicketkeeper’s habit of never unpacking.

    “He was the only man I ever met who literally lived out of a case on tour. He rarely unpacked when we arrived at a new hotel, and if he wanted a clean shirt he simply rummaged about in his case until he found one, then stuffed the dirty one back in.”

    During one of their county games, McCool discovered a hatch in the wardrobe connecting their room to Miller and Lindwall’s. Tallon, as usual, dumped his bags on the floor. The fast bowlers came in and goaded him into unpacking.

    McCool describes what followed:

    “Slowly he shook out his dress suit, placed it on a hanger, walked over to the wardrobe and hung it on the rail. While we all talked loudly and cheerfully, Lindwall nipped down the corridor into his own room and grabbed the suit through the hatch. Again Tallon advanced on the wardrobe, again he hung up a suit. It was when he went there for the third time that he twigged something was wrong … There’s never been such an expression as there was on ‘Deafy”s face when he peered into that wardrobe and realised that the suits he had hung there half a minute before had all disappeared. Miller and Lindwall were in such a state I thought we might be without a fast attack for the Test match.”

    But on the field, Tallon was having a fabulous tour and showing the world what they had missed out on during the war years. He was blossoming fully in the narrow window of opportunity that life had given him.

    Tallon’s 21 Tests brought him 50 catches and eight stumpings. During the Invincibles tour, the Australian team strategy of primarily depending on pace bowling saw Tallon make 12 catches and no stumpings during the Tests.

    However, Bradman rested his lead pace bowlers, Miller and Lindwall, during the tour games to save energy for the Tests and allowed the spinners do more work so that, overall, Tallon took 29 catches and 14 stumpings for the tour. A stunning record.

    A couple of remarkable catches on that tour did no harm in building Tallon’s legend.

    In the second Test at Lord’s, Washbrook inside edged a Toshack full toss directly downwards at Tallon’s ankle. Bradman described the catch as “miraculous” because Tallon had to reach so low, so quickly, in order to take the catch.

    Neil Harvey’s account was more detailed as he was substituting for Lindwall at cover-point:

    “Tallon was standing up to the wicket. Toshack bowled a full toss, which was very foreign for him. Washbrook couldn’t believe his luck. He shaped up to whack it past me. He went back, got an edge, and Tallon caught it on the full at his boot-tops. I’ve never seen a catch like it. He was a freak behind the stumps. From Toshack’s hand to Tallon’s gloves, no pitch was involved. Fantastic catch!”

    The Tallon legend was forever sealed in the final Test at the Oval, when England had a horrible outing, getting all out for 52. The score would have been far less but for a dour, dogged 30 in 130 minutes with one four from Len Hutton. And the only reason Australia was able to dismiss Hutton was because of Tallon.

    Lindwall bowled an inswinger that Hutton leg-glanced. He might, Bradman said, “reasonably have looked for a boundary. Instead, he saw Tallon move across with uncanny anticipation, scoop the ball in his outstretched left glove as it sped towards earth, turning a somersault but serenely holding the ball aloft. No greater catch has been seen behind the wickets.”

    Tallon missed the 1949-50 series against South Africa due to stomach ulcers and a bout of unemployment, but was selected for all the Tests at home against England. He had a decent series, and while few could dispute his supremacy with the gloves, Tallon was fast losing his hearing. This was to cut short his career further.

    He went to England with the 1953 side, but was a pale shadow of his former self. He played the first Test at Trent Bridge, but was then replaced by Gil Langley for the rest of the Tests and never played for Australia again.

    His opposite number Godfrey Evans described him as the “best and most nimble keeper ever”. His teammate and all-rounder, Alan Davidson, paid him the ultimate compliment, calling him the “Bradman of ‘keepers”.

    Godfrey Evans
    Godfrey Evans held 816 catches and carried out 250 stumpings in his first-class career – a total of 1,066 dismissals, all this from 465 matches, including 219 in Tests (173 catches and 46 stumpings).

    He was also a reliable batsman, with 14,882 runs (average 21.22), including 2,439 in Tests (average 20.49), and two centuries.

    At the crease, he was perhaps best known for his stand against Australia in Adelaide in 1947, when he batted for a record 97 minutes without a run as he stoically helped his partner, Denis Compton, score a century and save the match.

    What made Evans’ reputation as a ‘keeper stand out even more is the fact that he was playing for Kent, which produced both Les Ames and Alan Knott, and despite that, Evans was widely acknowledged to be the best of the three.

    David Foot, writing for the Guardian, put it very eloquently:

    “Many keepers cloak their skills in anonymity, judged by an efficiency that is missed by the naked eye. Not Evans. He possessed an innate theatricality, never too irritating or counter-productive, evident in the marvellous way he hurled himself for those legside catches with those red gloves that seemed slightly too big for him. He was perpetually bobbing around on his toes, bracing himself to chase in front of the stumps in search of a run-out; or standing up, intrepid and reliable, to wily medium-paced bowlers. He was so nimble, so intuitive, that a great many of his legside dismissals were more like optical illusions.”

    Evans was a perfectionist. He hated letting byes through. Writing an obituary on the death of his friend, Frank Keating was to say:

    “In a rain-ruined match on a difficult Oval pitch [1946], India scored 331 in their only innings – and Godfrey let through a solitary bye. He would remember it to his dying day 53 years later: ‘Do you know, I still wake up sometimes cursing myself for that wretched, idiotic little bye. Jim Langridge, twirly left-arm, Sussex, remember him? He floated down this silly little blighter outside off stump; it might have kept a bit low, but I took my eye off it for a fraction and it scuttled through. I didn’t half swear at myself. Still do.'”

    Making his debut in England’s first post-war series against India in 1946, Evans was in fine form and richer by a significant amount of experience by the time the Invincibles came to town.

    The magic of Godfrey Evans was visible from the very start of the series.

    In the first Test at Nottingham, with Bradman walking in to bat on an English Test ground for the first time in a decade, Barnes, who was on 62 and looking for his century, went back to Laker and under-edged a cut. It struck Evans’s thigh and looped over the keeper’s head in the direction of fine leg.

    Malcolm Knox, writing in Bradman’s War, provides four eyewitness versions of what occurred in the next two seconds:

    Bradman: “Evans’ catching of Barnes [was] one of the most miraculous feats of recovery as well as acrobatics one would see in a long time.”

    Jack Fingleton: “Evans dived back like a rugby winger going for the line in an international …”

    Bill O’Reilly: “… a corkscrew backward dive, sizing up to Olympic Games standards.”

    Godfrey Evans: “I just saw this little blob in the sun and dived towards it instinctively and caught it one-handed.’

    Knox says, “So astounding was Evans’s effort, umpire Cooke couldn’t decide if it was a catch. He referred it to Chester, who gave it out. Barnes said to Evans: ‘I didn’t believe you had caught me –I didn’t think you COULD have caught that ball.”

    As was exemplified by Keating’s words on him, Godfrey Evans hated making mistakes, whether it was letting a bye through or dropping a catch. One of his enduring frustrations was that he never caught or stumped Bradman while keeping to more than 1400 runs off his bat in Australia and England.

    When the Test series was over, and the Australians were playing Kent at Canterbury and Bradman was in his fifties, he chopped down on a ball from Eddie Crush. Evans stifled an appeal.

    Later, Bradman said, laughing, “You are a fool, Godfrey; you’ve been trying to get me all these years and you threw away the perfect chance out there.”

    “Did you hit it then, Don?”

    “Of course I did … I hit it hard. There was your chance, and when you got it, Godfrey, you didn’t take it.”

    The regret was to live on to the end of his days, for that was the last first-class match he would play against Bradman.

    Evans did not particularly like Bradman’s ruthlessness, but as a man, he was big-hearted, and the war had taught him the value of looking at things with a larger lens than one’s own narrow perspective.

    When Eric Hollies bowled Bradman for nought in The Don’s last innings, among all the chest beating and remonstrations, from behind the stumps his take was philosophical: “What is a nought in such a fabulous career, even such a nought at such a time?”

    Evans played on for another decade until his last match against India in 1959 and was one of the the mainstays of an English team which rose from the post-war ashes to once again decisively capture the cricketing crown from an Australia sans Bradman in the 1950s.

    In later life, Evans was the resident expert for the bookmakers Ladbrokes, reassessing the odds at each twist and turn of a Test, usually getting it right, but, at Headingley in 1981 when he offered England at 500 to one, he famously got it wrong thanks to Bob Willis’ 8 for 43. Ladbrokes, we understand, forgave him for that one overenthusiastic call.

    A more exuberant wicketkeeper and human being has not been seen on the cricket field, before or since. David Frith perhaps described him best, when he called Evans “biologically incapable of being downhearted.”

    The England bowler Mike Selvey, now a Guardian cricket correspondent, played with him when Evans was 56 years old in a fun seven-a-side game at The Oval.

    “My experience was an education. Late out-swing just whispered into his gloves. I slipped in a full-length in-swinger on leg stump – the most difficult to take – and there he was, down the leg side as if by telepathy, flicking the bails away as the batsmen changed feet.”

    Selvey said he had never seen a better display of wicket-keeping.

    Don Tallon and Godfrey Evans: two gloved geniuses with vastly different personalities who shared centre stage and reached the peaks of their prowess behind the stumps during a magical summer of post-war cricket that would forever remain a part of cricketing lore.

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    • May 18th 2017 @ 9:18am
      Lawrie said | May 18th 2017 @ 9:18am | ! Report

      Ben Barnett and Bill Edrich I think you mean
      worth correcting

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        May 18th 2017 @ 9:51am
        Anindya Dutta said | May 18th 2017 @ 9:51am | ! Report

        Sorry Laurie where should the correction be? Thanks

        • May 18th 2017 @ 10:31pm
          Lawrie Colliver said | May 18th 2017 @ 10:31pm | ! Report

          Clearly someone fixed it for you!
          The original article had John Edrich and Len Barnett……

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            May 18th 2017 @ 11:14pm
            Anindya Dutta said | May 18th 2017 @ 11:14pm | ! Report

            Ah sorry that’s why I couldn’t find it! Thanks for pointing it out.

            And apologies Lawrie it is! iPhone autocorrect is not always very helpful ?

        • May 18th 2017 @ 10:32pm
          Lawrie Colliver said | May 18th 2017 @ 10:32pm | ! Report

          It’s Lawrie too mate not Laurie!!

    • May 18th 2017 @ 9:35am
      BrainsTrust said | May 18th 2017 @ 9:35am | ! Report

      Its a strange one if you look at the rate of dismissals the old keepers are the worst, but they have more stumpings.
      In the old days keepers were noted for standing up to the medium pacers, so they traded really hard stumpings and almost imp[ossible catches versus dead easy catches behind to show off their skills.
      Then you have factors of if you play with more fast bowlers you get more catches at wicketkeeper.
      Gilchrist has the best record and also a good stumping rate, but then he did play at Australia’s peak ad with a good spinner.
      Healy who many say was much better has less dismissals and stumpings from more tests, but he started when Australia were weaker.
      Haddin is actually pilloried by some, suprisingly he is close behind Gilchrist, with few stumpings, given AUstralia spin stocks since then its not suprising, but it shows the advantage of playing with good fast bowlers.
      Haddin as well only got a chance when Gilchrist retired in his 30’s. so maybe people’s opinion of him is colouured by seeing him when he was well into his advanced years.
      The other player people might be suprised at is next is Kamran Akhmal more noted for his spectacular drops.
      Of the older guys Wally Grout has got the best record, SImpson also rated him the best keeper he saw.
      Were Oldfield,Tallon,Evans show offs unwilling to hang back and take the better percentage option.
      You could also argue by having a first slip almost behind the keeper you could pick up some of those missed catches through another means and the credit would go to another player.

      • May 18th 2017 @ 10:05am
        JohnB said | May 18th 2017 @ 10:05am | ! Report

        Wally Grout apparently whenever he was complimented on his keeping would say something along the lines of “you should have seen Don Tallon”.

        Great piece Anindya.

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          May 18th 2017 @ 10:18am
          Anindya Dutta said | May 18th 2017 @ 10:18am | ! Report

          Thanks so much John! By the way I should have my first book out on kindle next week and available on Amazon Australia. It’s a compilation of my best cricket history pieces on different platforms including Roar. Will send you the link here. Hope you guys will enjoy it! I shall also have a book published later this year on bowling spells. So an exciting year for me!

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        May 18th 2017 @ 10:11am
        Anindya Dutta said | May 18th 2017 @ 10:11am | ! Report

        Interesting points Brains. I guess the inter generational decades can never have one clear answer. The pitches have changed, the game has changed, the protective equipment has changed besides the bowlers themselves of course and the technology. I just find this period of time in cricket history absolutely fascinating.

      • May 19th 2017 @ 8:51am
        JohnB said | May 19th 2017 @ 8:51am | ! Report

        Regarding the quite striking disparity between the number of keeper dismissals now and in the past – I think the idea that you stood up to medium pacers was partly tactical also – to stop batsman going forward. Sure you made it harder to get catches, so slip had to, but you also kept him on his crease so he was more subject to the swinging ball or LBW. I also suspect in the past a lot higher proportion of overs was bowled by spinners than now – so more stumpings but less regulation catches off the edge.

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          May 19th 2017 @ 8:56am
          Anindya Dutta said | May 19th 2017 @ 8:56am | ! Report

          While that may in general be true, this was not the case throughout the 1948 series. The MCC was experimenting with the 55-over rule, i.e. A new ball every 55-overs. Bradman had two genuine fast bowlers and England only had Bedser’s fairly gentle medium. So Miller and Lindwall were bowled flat through the series with Ring and Johnson just filling in some overs to give them rest. Also a reason why McCool did not get a Test. The timing of this 55-over experiment always rankled with the English because it worked against them the whole series. If I recall it was changed to 65-overs soon after.

          • May 19th 2017 @ 12:47pm
            JohnB said | May 19th 2017 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

            All quite right Anindya, but the comments re more spin and keepers standing up weren’t intended to be in relation to 1948 – more about “old-time” keepers in general. Possibly more a pre WW2 thing.

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              May 19th 2017 @ 2:18pm
              Anindya Dutta said | May 19th 2017 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

              I read about a conversation that occurred many years later when Evans was invited to an ITV programme by Frank Keating who was running it. I Quote the article where I read it:

              “Keating, by now a producer at ITV, reminisces: “We employed Godfrey a few minutes on outside broadcasts, once memorably at The Oval with a gloved England predecessor, old George Duckworth, who began, bless him, pulling rank and boasting about how he had kept to Larwood. ‘Yeah, standing back 50 yards,’ chided the younger man, who, I dare say, would have considered standing up during the Bodyline tour.” 🙂

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      May 18th 2017 @ 9:50am
      Anindya Dutta said | May 18th 2017 @ 9:50am | ! Report

      Sorry Laurie where should the correction be? Thanks

      • May 18th 2017 @ 10:32pm
        Lawrie Colliver said | May 18th 2017 @ 10:32pm | ! Report

        It’s Lawrie too mate not Laurie!!

    • May 18th 2017 @ 12:10pm
      DaveJ said | May 18th 2017 @ 12:10pm | ! Report

      Nice piece, but one might get the impression that only Britain fought in WW2 and not Australia. E.g. Reference to losing a generation of fast bowlers unable to develop in their prime years due to the war. As you know, Miller and Lindwall served in the war. Australia’s death rate may have been slightly lower than the English, but it was still significant. In my family alone, my grandfather and two uncles were killed.

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        May 18th 2017 @ 12:23pm
        Anindya Dutta said | May 18th 2017 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

        My apologies Dave, that wasn’t the intent at all. The background to the statement about England losing a generation fast bowlers (was a consistent theme in the books that I have read on the period) was that while a very large number of Australians fought and lost their lives in the war, because of the proximity of the war to Britain and the bombing, the indirect impacts were more there. More than a difference in the loss of lives it was the severe rationing of food in England that did not let them develop to their physical potential. This was certainly a bit less in Australia, again from the accounts I have read. I am well aware of Miller and Lindwall’s contributions in the war and have written a piece on that in the past.

        • May 18th 2017 @ 3:58pm
          DaveJ said | May 18th 2017 @ 3:58pm | ! Report

          Thanks Anindya, fair enough about greater impacts of war on Britain overall. But given that most fit young men in both countries were serving in the forces I don’t think one can argue strongly that rationing would have had much impact on the development of cricketers. ( You can tell I’m not one to give an inch to the Poms in terms of losing cricket series :)). In any case – there population was about 4 times greater, so….)

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            May 18th 2017 @ 6:14pm
            Anindya Dutta said | May 18th 2017 @ 6:14pm | ! Report

            This is one conflict I am keeping myself well out of Dave! You and the Poms can go at it on this one 🙂

    • May 18th 2017 @ 1:14pm
      Pope Paul VII said | May 18th 2017 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

      Top stuff Anindya.

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        May 18th 2017 @ 1:18pm
        Anindya Dutta said | May 18th 2017 @ 1:18pm | ! Report

        Thanks so much Pope!

        • May 18th 2017 @ 5:57pm
          Pope Paul VII said | May 18th 2017 @ 5:57pm | ! Report

          No worries Anindya. I’d not heard of the circumstances of Charlie Walker’s death until now either so thanks doe that..

          I read recently though that about 20% of Australian deaths in WW2 were on ops with Bomber Command.

          Just hypothesising but one difference between English and Australian service was that there was a greater chance of dangerous active service late in the war for the English. Whereas Australia forces (Bomber Command excluded) though large, had been sidelined by the yanks.

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            May 18th 2017 @ 11:54pm
            Anindya Dutta said | May 18th 2017 @ 11:54pm | ! Report

            That’s true Pope. I have read the same. But the main issue on the fast bowlers was indeed the food scarcity. Australia naturally enough did not have anything like what the Brits went through as far as rationing was concerned. In fact on the 1948 tour the Australian team carried a huge amount of rations for the Brits because rationing was still in full force there whereas Australia was just at the cusp of an economic recovery.

    • May 18th 2017 @ 2:00pm
      Jeffrey Dun said | May 18th 2017 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

      Many thanks for the essay Anindya – very interesting and enjoyable.

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        May 18th 2017 @ 2:27pm
        Anindya Dutta said | May 18th 2017 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

        Thanks so much Jeffrey. Glad you enjoyed it!

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