Ultimate Test XI Profile: Wally Hammond

By Sports Desk May 14, 2020
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In a Test career spanning 85 matches, Wally Hammond amassed 7,249 runs and took 83 wickets.

His career aggregate of runs was the highest in Test cricket until surpassed by Colin Cowdrey in 1970 and his 22 Test centuries remained an English record until Alastair Cook surpassed it in December 2012.

In the winter of 1928–29, Hammond toured Australia with the M.C.C.

They overpowered Australia, winning the five-match series 4–1.

In what was his first campaign for The Ashes, Wisden described his batting as a "series of triumphs". He scored 779 runs in five consecutive Test innings, totalling 905 runs at an average of 113.12 in the series, a record surpassed only by Don Bradman.

In all first-class matches, he scored 1,553 runs at an average of 91.35.

In 1933, Hammond set the record for the highest individual Test innings of 336 not out, surpassed by Len Hutton in 1938.

Between 1920 and 1951 he scored 50,493 runs, with 167 centuries and an average of 56.10.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Walter Reginald Hammond

Born: June 19, 1903, Buckland, Dover, Kent

Died: July 1, 1965, Kloof, Natal, South Africa (aged 62 years 12 days)

Batting style: Right-hand bat

 

Test Career: England (1927-1947)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs  HS      Ave    100s     50s    

85       140     16      7249   336*   58.45    22      24         

 

Career highlights

  • Former record holder for the highest individual score in Tests, 336*, (1933-1938)
  • Third best average as a number three in Tests (74.78)
  • Scored 22 Test centuries
  • Career average of 58.45 is an all-time top ten for players contesting over 20 matches.

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