1946 English cricket season
The 1946 cricket season was the 349th in England since the earliest known definite reference to cricket in January 1597 (i.e., Old Style – 1598 New Style), and the 47th in which the County Championship has been an official competition. It was the first full season of first-class cricket to be played in England after World War II. It featured a three-match Test series between England and India, which was arranged at short notice. Meanwhile, Yorkshire retained the County Championship title, having been the last pre-war champions in 1939. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack (1947 edition), in its review of the 1946 season, remarked that "the weather in 1946 might have been dreadful, but it didn't stop the crowds flocking to games".
- County Championship – Yorkshire
- Minor Counties Championship – Suffolk
- Wisden – Alec Bedser, Laurie Fishlock, Vinoo Mankad, Peter Smith, Cyril Washbrook
England managed to arrange a three-match series against India, whose team was captained by former England player Iftikhar Ali Khan, the Nawab of Pataudi and included Vinoo Mankad, Vijay Merchant and future Pakistan captain Abdul Hafeez Kardar.
England won the First Test thanks to Alec Bedser's 11 wickets on his debut. The Second Test was drawn after India's last two batsmen held out for the final 13 minutes with England well ahead, Bedser again having taken 11 wickets in the match. The Third Test was also drawn after being ruined by persistent rain.
- First Test at Lord's: England won by 10 wickets
- Second Test at Old Trafford: match drawn
- Third Test at The Oval: match drawn
Mankad was recognised by Wisden as one of its "Five Cricketers of the Year".
Leading batsmen – all first-class matches
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Leading bowlers – all first-class matches
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|1946 English cricket season – leading bowlers by aggregate|
- Wisden 1947 – Review of 1946 season. Retrieved on 29 September 2009.