(1937-1955) One of the finest opening batsmen the game has seen. In 1938 he set a world Test record when he made 364 against Australia. In 1952 he captained England and led them to an Ashes triumph in 1953. With Cyril Washbrook he set a then world record of 359 for the first wicket against South Africa in 1948. He captained England in 23 Tests. He was knighted in 1956.