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From the archive

Hobbs’ record hundred The Cricketer, Vol VI, No.16 (Aug 1925) and No.18 (Sep 1925)
Research by Jamie_Crawley

Had The Cricketer run a feature 90- odd years ago appraising the greatest England batsmen of all time, the debate – unlike in 2017 – would probably have been a binary one. The argument would start with WG Grace and end with Jack Hobbs – The Grand Old Man and The Master. This was afirmed by the national fascination with Hobbs’ pursuit of equalling WG’s record of 126 centuries through the 1925 season.

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