A sad tale of three cricketers
Ken Farnes (left), Hedley Verity (centre) and Ross Gregory.

The fifth Test of the 1936-37 Ashes was played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). During the Australian first innings, Ross Gregory was caught by Hedley Verity off Ken Farnes. As is known to all, Australia won the Test, thus becoming the only team in history to win a Test series after being down 0-2.


None of the three men involved, unfortunately, survived World War II. Pilot Officer Ken Farnes died in an accident while flying over Oxfordshire in 1941. Sergeant-Observer Ross Gregory was killed on active service in Assam in 1942. Captain Hedley Verity died from wounds from a battle in Sicily in 1943.