Molly Hide, England's captain and her best player leads her side for the last time as New Zealand arrive for their first overseas tour.
Fazal Mahmood fights back, the first in an illustrious line of fast bowlers from Pakistan, and the first to win Wisden Cricketer of the year, his father advised him to walk 5 miles and run 5 miles everyday to build up his stamina. (We also recommend that he stops smoking.)
Some saw the MCC tour of 1953-54 to the West Indies as a test of White Imperialist versus colonial majority rule, tempers flared, standing above all of that was Clyde Walcott and he also stood above all the other batsmen in this series.
Tragedy at Tangiwai provided the backdrop for acts of great courage in the second test at Christmas in Johannesburg 1953, Bob Blair and Bert Sutcliffe, pictured, take a world record 25 runs off one 8 ball over bowled by South African off spinner Hugh Tayfield.
Its a low key end to an exciting winter, when South Africa conclude their antipodean adventure by visiting New Zealand; meanwhile the most famous New Zealander of all time climbs THAT mountain.
I am using a non-cricket image this week because its such an iconic image and something beautiful to carry around in your pocket.
Jack Cheetham's South Africa sprung not one but two of the biggest shocks in Test cricket history; they used sports science, hard work and fielding drill to drag themselves into a contest everyone said was unwinnable