The war of Jenkins’ Ear lasted nine years. You guess the worry of Jofra Archer’s elbow will run for at least nine monthsEarly in May 1955, Paramount sent a camera crew to the county ground in Northampton to film Frank Tyson. They brought a new “multi-speed camera” to “show how Tyson does it” in slow motion. The previous winter Tyson had won England the Ashes in Australia, 10 wickets in the second Test at Sydney, nine in the third at Melbourne, six in the fourth at Adelaide, 28 altogether at 21 runs each. He had proved himself the fastest bowler in the world, fast enough that he gave Fred Trueman – “The finest bloody fast bowler who ever drew breath” – something of an inferiority complex.When the two were picked for the Players against the Gentlemen at Scarborough, it was Tyson who was given the choice of ends and Trueman who was told it was his job to bowl into the wind, “a south-westerly gale” that “rattled the windows of the pavilion”. Related: England’s Jofra Archer out of New Zealand Tests and may need surgery Related: Stuart Broad feels former England selector Ed Smith ‘didn’t rate me’ Continue reading…

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