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Letter from W.G. Grace recalling a previous match. <br />
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Rare photographs capturing legendary cricketer W.G. Grace demonstrating perfect batting technique for the sport's first picture instruction manual have emerged more than a century after they were taken. <br />
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The collection of images, which are believed to be the first ever of live-action cricket, were snapped between 1901 and 1904 for the book 'Great Batsmen: Their Methods at a Glance'.<br />
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They show a middle-aged Grace, who played first-class cricket for a record 44 seasons and is widely considered to have been England's greatest player, expertly striking a series of shots that even Geoffrey Boycott would find it difficult to fault. <br />
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And after being acquired by a private collector they are set to go under the hammer in London next month with a £7,000 estimate.