Leonard Hutton:


Born On The: 23rd June 1916.
Died On The: 6th September 1990.
Birthplace: Pudsey, Leeds.
Occupation(s): Cricketer.

Zodiac: Born under the Star Sign CancerCancerWhat Star Sign are You?

Achievement(s): Captain of the Yorkshire and England cricket teams, and knighted for his contributions to cricket in 1956.


Sir Leonard "Len" Hutton was born in the Moravian community of Fulneck, Pudsey and became an English Test cricketer, who played for Yorkshire and England before and after the Second World War as an opening batsman; he was described by Wisden Cricketers' Almanack as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.

In 1938, he set a record for the highest individual innings in a Test match, scoring 364 runs against Australia, which stood for nearly 20 years; in 1952 he became the first professional cricketer of the 20th century to captain England in Tests; under his captaincy England won the Ashes the following year for the first time in 19 years.

In the years immediately following the war, he was the mainstay of the England's batting; marked out as a potential star from his teenage years, Hutton made his debut for Yorkshire in 1934 and quickly established himself; he first played for England in 1937 and scored his record 364 in only his sixth Test; by the time the war broke out, he had established himself as one of the leading batsmen in England; however, during the war, he received a serious injury to his arm while taking part in a commando training course and his arm never fully recovered, forcing him to alter his batting style.

When cricket restarted, Hutton resumed his role as one of England's leading batsmen; by the time of England's tour to Australia in 1950–51, the team relied heavily on his batting and did so for the remainder of his career; as a batsman, Hutton was cautious and built his style on a sound defence; although capable of attacking strokeplay, both Yorkshire and England depended on him greatly for their success, and awareness of this affected his style.

Hutton remains statistically among the best batsmen to have played Test cricket; he captained the England Test team between 1952 and 1955, although his leadership was at times controversial; in 23 Tests as captain, he won eight Tests and lost four with the others drawn; he played in 79 test matches, scored 6971 runs at an average of 56.67 with 19 hundreds; his first class cricket statistics show him scoring 40140 runs at an average of 55.51 with 129 hundreds.

Worn out by the mental and physical demands of his role and following the advice of a specialist, Hutton announced his retirement from first-class cricket in January 1956; he was 39, an early retirement age for the period; he was knighted in June 1956 for his services to cricket; he went on to be a Test selector, a journalist and broadcaster; he also worked as a representative for an engineering firm until retiring from the job in 1984; he remained involved in cricket and became Yorkshire president in 1990; he died a few months afterwards in September 1990, aged 74.

Hutton was appointed as a selector of the England test team in 1975. He gave up this role after the 1976 season. Overall, he was a true and a great cricketer and was ranked with some of the finest 20th century English batsmen like Wally Hammond, Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe.

In September 1990, he suffered a ruptured aorta shortly after watching a cricket match at the Oval; after an unsuccessful operation, he died on 6 September.

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