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In august 1923, the England test side took on a side representing ‘the rest of england’ in a trial test match at lord’s cricket ground. the England side contained such names as jack hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe; whilst ‘The Rest’ contained a number of players who had, or would go on to represent England at test cricket. given a level of restlessness in the crowd at lord’s, Edward Tennyson Reed’s cartoon suggests that a team made up of first class cricketers was not an adequate representation for ‘The Rest of England’ and that a team containing an extensive cross-section of the british public would be more appropriate.
In this particular test match, ‘The Rest’ won the toss and batted first. England bowled them out for 205, before being bowled out themselves for 206. in their 2nd innings, ‘The Rest’ were bowled out for 122, with England successfully chasing down their score to win by 5 wickets.