1940s: Happy Days are Here Again

Largely interrupted by the Second World War there was preciously little Test cricket played in the 1940s, yet the game came to life soon after. In fact the game was never really halted at all with cricket being a recreation for service personnel during the hostilities.

England were due to tour Australia and New Zealand in 1947/48 but it was postponed by a year. Instead, Australia and New Zealand played a one-off Test in that season, the first time the two countries had met in this format. 

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