1926 English cricket season

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1926 English cricket season

The 1926 English cricket season saw England regain the Ashes after winning the 31st test series between the two sides 1-0.[1]

Lancashire overcame its eternal rivals and began a hat-trick sequence of county titles after winning the 1926 County Championship.[2]


Test series

England regained the Ashes by winning the final Test at The Oval after the first four matches against Australia were all drawn. Because the series was at stake, the match was to be "timeless", i.e. played to a finish. Australia had a narrow first innings lead of 22. Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe took the score to 49-0 at the end of the second day, a lead of 27. Heavy rain fell overnight, and next day the pitch soon developed into a traditional sticky wicket. England seemed doomed to be bowled out cheaply and to lose the match. In spite of the very difficult batting conditions, however, Hobbs and Sutcliffe took their partnership to 172 before Hobbs was out for exactly 100. Sutcliffe went on to make 161 and in the end England won the game comfortably

Cumulative record - Test wins 1876-1926
England 42
Australia 47
Drawn 25

County Championship

Leading batsmen

Jack Hobbs topped the averages, at the age of 43, with 2949 runs @ 77.60

Leading bowlers

Wilfred Rhodes topped the averages with 115 wickets @ 14.86, outdoing Hobbs since he was aged 48.

Annual reviews

Further reading

  • Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979
  • Chris Harte, A History of Australian Cricket, Andre Deutsch, 1993
  • Ray Robinson, On Top Down Under, Cassell, 1975
  • Ralph Barker & Irving Rosenwater, England v Australia: A compendium of Test cricket between the countries 1877-1968, Batsford, 1969, ISBN 0-7134-0317-9

External links

  • CricketArchive – season summary


  1. ^ Wynne-Thomas, Peter (1983). The Hamlyn A-Z of Cricket Records. Hamlyn Publishing Group. ISBN 0-600-34667-6. 
  2. ^ Engel, Matthew (2004). Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2004, pages 493-494. John Wisden & Company Ltd. ISBN 0-947766-83-9. 
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