The British Council Film Collection is an archive of more than 120 short documentary films made by the British Council during the 1940s designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played. Preserved by the BFI National Film Archive and digitised by means of a generous donation by Google, the films are now yours to view, to download and to play with for the first time.
This fascinating film of England v Australia at Lord's, narrated by John Arlott and Ralph Richardson, introduces the viewer "to a very revered patch of English turf, plumb in line with the Pavilion" and guides us through the game.
It features footage of Bradman, Compton, Hutton, and Dexter, as well as a spin-bowling master-class from Bert Rhodes who pitches balls that Graeme Swann would be proud of.
Beautifully shot, the film is an incredible tribute to a game that "began in quiet places, and lives on in quiet places, deep in the hearts of those who love it".
Full details about this film can be found online at timeimage.wikispaces.com/Cricket
Today, the British Council's sport programme still focuses on education through sport to promote cross-cultural relations britishcouncil.org/sport.htm