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Stars of yesterday still shine bright
I AGREE with Philip Roe (Letters, September 6) regarding the disgusting carry on of the England cricket Test team at The Oval.
During Dennis Compton’s retirement years, while working as a commentator, he was asked if he was envious of players were treated, financially or otherwise.
He said not at all, for when he played it was a privilege and an honour to play for your county and your country. Dennis played cricket for Middlesex and England and football for Arsenal and England.
Willie Watson, Yorkshire and England, was also a double international.
I was disappointed while watching the Test match highlights on Channel 5 of the final Test at The Oval, that Mark Nicholas, Simon Hughes, Geoff Boycott or Michael Vaughn did not mention that 75 years ago on that very ground, a young Yorkshire batsman, Len Hutton, 22 years and two months old, broke Don Bradman’s world record of 334 and scored 364.
On the very same ground in 1948, while playing against Bradman’s Invincibles in the Fifth Test, Hutton opened the England innings and was last man out. (England all out for 52, Hutton out for 30, with no other English batsman reaching double figures).
In 1953, Hutton was the first professional captain and they retained the Ashes after 20 years since the infamous bodyline series.
Mike Kitching, Town Street, Old Malton.
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