I'm not sure whether any links from the 'British Pathe' website have been posted on this forum before, but they are a fabulous source of old news reels featuring the 'All Time Greats' from the past.
This short footage ('Cricket Giants of the 1890s') of W.G. Grace practicing reminds us why he would probably be an outstanding batsmen in most eras. Even being old and overweight he appears to hit the ball superbly;
CRICKET GIANTS OF THE 1890s - British Path
I also enjoyed 'Cricket Highlights - 1899 to 1959' and 'The Life of Jack Hobbs - reel 2'
CRICKET HIGHLIGHTS - British Path
THE LIFE OF JACK HOBBS reel 2 - British Path
Again, after watching Hobbs and Sutcliffe it is not hard to see why they are also considered 'All Time Greats'. At the 1 min 38 sec mark I was surprised at how far the keeper and the slips were standing back to the Australian fast bowler Jack Gregory during the Nottingham test of 1926. Only opening batsmen of substantial class would bat comfortably and make runs against such pace on a rain drenched wicket. At the 2 min 47 sec mark we see that only the immediate area around the stumps are covered (by a smallish tent on wheels) during a down pour. The central part of the pitch is left wide open to the rain!