The first ball of the first Test match was bowled at Melbourne on March 15, 1877. Since that momentous occasion teeming thousands, generation after generation, have been beguiled, frustrated, excited and consumed by the continuing contest, England v Australia. Almost certainly the greatest sporting encounter between two countries in the modern age, the saga has been chronicled amply throughout the years in words and figures. Never, though, has such a pictorial record as this been presented. Vast research has been invested in the compilation of ENGLAND VERSUS AUSTRALIA: A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF THE TEST MATCHES SINCE 1877. One of the most ambitious of cricket books is the result – a volume which incorperates in over 1100 pictures some rare early engravings and photographs, the best of the pictures of the halcyon between-wars period, and a choice selection from the last 37 years of Anglo-Australian Test “warfare”. In addition, each of the 251 Tests is recalled in lucid and compact world-reports, together with all the major scores and bowling analyses.