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Tests and Tours

It's cricket's ultimate challenge: an intense, five-day battle against the best in the world, many miles from home.

One of the British Empire's most enduring legacies is the network of 'test' cricket playing nations who regularly lock horns at the game's highest level in a series of mammoth matches. The test series is a genuine test of skill, strength and character.

In the era before commercial air travel, this involved lengthy sea journeys and many months away from home on tours that were planned like expeditions. Wonderfully, these tours were often captured by the home movie camera as well as the newsreel.

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Tests and Tours

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Worcester, riding high as England's cricket county champions, prepare to face the 'unfashionable' Kiwis.

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The England cricket team enjoy the best of the West Indies on their 1948 tour.

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West Indies Vice-captain, the Barbadian cricketer Conrad Hunte, chats to Anglia Television at Norfolk's County Ground at Lakenham.

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