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Denis Compton

“As with all geniuses it is impossible to analyse his technique as a batsman. It was a brilliant mixture of the unexpected spiced with a large measure of showmanship and improvisation. Totally untutored, if he ever read a coaching book he must have been holding it upside down.”

— J.J. Warr speaking at the memorial service of Denis Compton, July 1, 1997, quoted in Well-Remembered Friends: Eulogies on Celebrated Lives (2004), edited by Angela Huth, with thanks to Lee and Nick Baker.

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F.R. Spofforth

Frederick Robert “Fred” Spofforth (1853–1926), also known as “The Demon Bowler”, was perhaps the Australian cricket team’s finest fast bowler in the 19th century. Shown here in a watercolor by Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929) in English Cricket (1945) by Neville Cardus.