Warner. (Harrap, 15s.). Review by CHARLES G. MORTIMER WE have here not only a book
about our national game but in a sense a social history: for cricket and the character of our race are closely interwoven. Lord's and the M.C.C. moved slowly to their goal till their supremacy was defined, as it were, urbi et orbi. Yet there was a time when minor matches were played at Lord's and its programme was unexciting and neglected. There was a time when an Australian team, touring this country, had to advertise for a fixture. A glorious cavalcade of cricketers moves through these pages: we arc given year by year a diary of historic matches at Lord's Gentlemen v. Players. Oxford v. Cambridge, Eton V. Harrow, and, of course, the everrecurring theme of Test cricket, ascending in popular favour till it reached the dizzy pinnacles of to-day. Above all, this book gives the right perspective in viewing the story of our game and if there were giants in those days. dominated by W. Ci. Grace who played in all for 44 consecutive seasons, due praise is given to later heroes such as Hobbs and Sutcliffe. Hammond and Don Bradman.
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