The independent voice of cricket



Who Only Cricket Know: Hutton’s Men in the West Indies 1953/54


By David Woodhouse

Categories: ,

About the Product

Who Only Cricket Know tells the story of the second most controversial tour in English cricket history after Bodyline and has not been revisited since two tour books came out in the immediate aftermath. The cricket is dramatic, the key characters fascinating, and it is awash with incidents on and off the field, many of them involving race and social class.

This was the first tour in which MCC travelled by plane (although they returned home on the boat) and the first in they were captained by a professional player – Len Hutton. It was also Hutton’s Yorkshire teammate Fred Trueman’s debut tour and for the opposition, the Three Ws were in their pomp and a young man called Garfield Sobers made his international bow.

David Woodhouse has meticulously researched every aspect of the tour as well as carrying out a number of interviews, retaining the nuances and subtleties of the different levels of the story. He takes us through the lead-up to the tour, the warm up games and the five Test matches, as well as the recriminations that took place both at Lord’s and in the West Indies in the tour’s aftermath.


Books produced by Fairfield Books (Being Geoffrey Boycott, The Legend of Sparkhill, Summer Days Promise, Who Only Cricket Know, Beyond the Boundaries, Golden Summers, Cricketers’ Who’s Who 2022 and 2021, The Official History of the Cricket World Cup):

These items are usually dispatched the next working day, via Royal Mail 1st class. Please allow 2-4 working days (2-6 days in December) for delivery within the UK. Global shipping is via MHI Priority (untracked) and typically takes 6-10 days. Orders for UK delivery including more than one item may be sent 2nd class – if this is the case, delivery may take 1-2 days longer.

All other books (The Covers Are Off: Civil War at Lord’s and It’s Always Summer Somewhere: A Matter of Life and Cricket):

UK orders are usually dispatched the next working day, via Royal Mail 48. You can expect to receive your order within 3-5 working days.

You will receive an email with tracking information on the day of dispatch.

Global shipping is available, sent via Royal Mail International Signed For. The delivery time varies depending on the region, but typically takes 5-7 working days.

The shipping cost for international orders is calculated at checkout, based on your delivery address.


You can return any book within 14 days of placing your order. Please mark ‘Return to sender’ on the packaging and cross out/cover your postal address. The return address will be marked on your packaging – please ensure this is visible when re-sealing the package.

If the book is damaged or incorrect you will receive a full refund. If you are returning a damaged item, please email shop@wisden.com beforehand and include an image of the item.

If you are returning an item for any other reason you will receive a refund equivalent to the full value of your purchase minus:
a) the postage we charged and
b) a 15% administration fee.
The item must be returned in its original condition and packaging to be valid for a refund.

You May Also Like