Hampden Love's stump: A great wicketkeeper
William (Bert) Oldfield nearly didn't play Test cricket. While serving with the Australian Imperial Force in France during the First World War, he narrowly escaped death during a bombardment at Polygon Wood. The war, however, also gave Oldfield a chance to show his skill as a cricketer, as he was selected for the Australian Imperial Force team in 1919.
He went on to represent Australia in 54 Test matches between 1920 and 1937. In all, Oldfield dismissed 130 batsmen, catching 78 and stumping 52 — a surviving international record for stumpings and their proportion to catches.
Oldfield was renowned for his sportsmanlike behaviour and quiet sense of humour. During the 1932/33 bodyline series, he was knocked unconscious by a ball from English paceman Harold Larwood. When Oldfield awoke, he simply commented, 'my own fault'. When Larwood later immigrated to Australia, the two became good friends.
Oldfield's finest moments came during the 1925 Ashes series where he stumped English batsman Hobbs in the fourth Test, and dismissed him again in the fifth with a brilliant catch on the leg side. Photo: George Serras.
Australian Schoolboys Cricket Team tour, 1965/66
In later years, Oldfield worked to promote cricket in Africa and Asia. In 1965/66 Oldfield was manager of an Australian Schoolboys Cricket Team's tour. This clip shows the team's send off from Sydney and parts of their match against an Ethiopian team.
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