If cricketing history were to be repeated, Wally Hammond would be right up there carrying the legacy of the game along with the likes of WG Grace, Jack Hobbs and Sir Don Bradman. Hammond was one of the batting legends the game has ever produced. Wally played for England and Gloucestershire but his distinguished career was interrupted by the Second World War. However, after holding a batting average of 58.45 in a career that crossed for a marathon 28 years, Wally Hammond will always be the grand masters the game of cricket has ever seen.
With a fantabulous record to boast off, throughout his career Wally Hammond scored at an inexhaustible rate that included one tripe century as well. After scoring over 50,000 runs in the first-class format of the game, Wally went on to attain one of the highest batting averages in first class cricket. His back to back double tons in every innings against arch rivals Australia in Sydney and New Zealand at Christchurch is one the most credible feats in the game.
The prodigy bid farewell from the game after having experienced arthritis and nervous tension in his personal life. After living in England all his life, Wally migrated to South Africa that saw him face despondent circumstances not much to his liking. He suffered a server car crash that ultimately took away much of his vigour and eventually the world lost this veteran cricketer in 1965 when Wally was only 62. The man may have left the game aeons back, however, his impression will be felt for centuries to come, as his soul would inspire many a legends yet to be born.
- England Vs South Africa at Old Wanderers, Johannesburg - Dec 24, 1927
- Last played:
- England Vs New Zealand at Jade Stadium (Lancaster Park), Christchurch - Mar 21, 1947