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Video Cricket, 1948-50

TLF ID M011961

This is a film about cricket, built around scenes of the Second Test between England and Australia played at Lords in June 1948. Narrated by actor Ralph Richardson and cricket commentator John Arlott, the film shows craftsmen making cricket bats and balls by hand; groundsmen setting up the wicket at Lords; people working behind the scenes; and batsmen and bowlers demonstrating their skills. It shows the greats of cricket and how they changed the game. Interspersed throughout are the sights and sounds of the test match. The film is in black-and-white and runs for 17 mins 20 secs. Background information about the film is also included.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a useful resource for the Popular culture (1945-present) depth study in the year 10 history curriculum. It is relevant for the content description about the nature of popular culture in Australia at the end of World War II, including sport. Cricket, particularly the Ashes test matches, was a significant part of Australian popular culture and Don Bradman, who is seen in action in the film, was a national hero.
  • The 1948 test series is a famous one in Australian cricketing history and in national sporting culture. It was Bradman's last series in England and he captained Australia to a 4-0 series victory. In the test match shown Australia won by 409 runs.
Year level


Learning area
  • History

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  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: British Council
  • Organization: British Council
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  • Publisher
  • Name: British Council
  • Organization: British Council
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
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Learning Resource Type
  • Video
  • © British Council, except where indicated otherwise. This material is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) licence