Former English legend Wally Hammond was probably the best English cricketer in the early eras. He served his country for twenty years in red-ball cricket and was the first batter to complete 7000 test runs in the cricket. If Australia had Don Bradman, then England had Wally Hammond. The former English star made his test debut in December 1927 against South Africa.
He scored 51 in his debut inning and followed it up with a five-wicket haul. He was more than a useful all-rounder for his country. Hammond played 85 tests in his 20-year international career and scored 7249 runs at an extraordinary average of 58.45, with 22 centuries and 24 half-centuries. He also scored seven double centuries, and we will talk about all those here.
Wally Hammond Double Century List in Test Cricket
|251||Australia||Sydney||14 December 1928|
|200||Australia||Melbourne||29 December 1928|
|227||New Zealand||Christchurch||24 March 1933|
|336*||New Zealand||Auckland||31 March 1933|
|217||India||The Oval||15 August 1936|
|231*||Australia||Sydney||18 December 1936|
|240||Australia||Lord’s||24 June 1938|
1. Wally Hammond – 251 vs Australia in 1928
Hammond scored his maiden century in December 1928 against Australia in Sydney, which he converted into a double century. He made 251 with 30 fours in England’s first inning. Australia made 253 and 397 in two innings, while England replied with 636, and with 16/2, they won the game by 8 wickets.
2. Wally Hammond – 200 vs Australia in 1928
Hammond scored his maiden century in December 1928 against Australia, which was the first game of the five-match test series in Sydney. Then, in the third game in Melbourne, he scored his second double century. Australia made 397 and 351 in two innings, and England replied with 417 and 332/7 to win by three wickets. Hammond made 200 with 17 fours in the first inning.
3. Wally Hammond – 227 vs New Zealand in 1933
The third double century for Hammond came in March 1933 against New Zealand in Christchurch. Batting first, England declared at 560/8, and Hammond made 227 runs. New Zealand got dismissed for 223 in the first inning and were at 35/0 when the game ended in a draw.
4. Wally Hammond – 336 not out vs New Zealand in 1933
After scoring a double century in the first test in March 1933 against New Zealand in Christchurch, Hammond scored a triple hundred in the second test in Auckland. He became only the third player to score a triple century. New Zealand got all out for 158 runs, and England replied with 548/7, with Hammond scoring 336 not out. New Zealand were at 16/0 and the game ended in a draw.
5. Wally Hammond – 217 vs India in 1936
Hammond scored his fifth double century against India in August 1936 at the Oval. It was the third game of the three tests, and England declared their first inning at 471/8. Hammond scored 217 runs with 30 fours. India managed only 222 and 312, giving England a target of 64, which they reached with nine wickets in hand.
6. Wally Hammond – 231 not out vs Australia in 1936
The sixth double century for the English legend came in December 1936 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He scored 231 runs in the first inning, and England declared at 426/6. Australia made 80 and 324 in two innings and lost by an inning and 22 runs.
7. Wally Hammond – 240 vs Australia in 1938
The seventh and last double century for Hammond came against Australia in June 1938 at Lord’s. England scored 494 runs in the first inning, courtesy of Hammond’s (240) double century. Australia replied with 422. England batted again, declared at 242/8, and set a target of 315. Australia were at 204/6 when the game ended in a draw.