> Ah, Dougie Walters, always a great entertainer, a member of Ian
>Chappell's great side of the 70's. I remember watching that session on
>TV - Walters was on 97 needing a 4 off the last ball to ensure the
>100 in a session. The ball was pitched short and Walters hooked
>it behind deep square leg....the crowd went wild. I think it was
1974-75 against England. A great innings, that one. I seem to
remember a six being involved at the end, but maybe not.
On the subject of 100 in a session, I recall that Gary Cosier almost got
100 before lunch in his great 168 against Pakistan in Melbourne, 1976-77.
He only needed a few runs off the last over, but as I recall either couldn't
get the or just couldn't force the runs. A great test all round, that one...
also included one of the all-time most atmospheric Lillee spells, as he was
knocking down wicket after wicket in the afternoon -- the "Lillee, Lillee..."
chant when he was on his hat-trick was incredible (though he didn't get the
> Bradman's score consisted of 100+ in the 1st 2 sessions and then
>85 between luch and tea. The ground was Headingly, Leeds - Bradman's
>favourite hunting ground on tours of England. Now that we're onto
>Bradman - do people agree that he is the greatest cricketer of all
Surely there's not much argument about this. Bradman was simply a complete
freak, ahead of every other cricketer that's ever lived by a mile. The
averages are enough to tell the story. An average of 40 is pretty reasonable
for a Test batsman; an average of 50 is quite rare and indicates a top-class
batsman (I think Border's average is about 50). Almost no-one has averaged
over 60 -- Greg Chappell's average, for instance, was about 55. The
second-best average ever was about 63 (can't remember who by). And then you
have Bradman with an average of 99.94! Not much more needs to be said.
(Even in the Bodyline series, supposedly the one series where he "failed",
he averaged over 50.) I would have loved to be around to see Bradman play...
The only other cricketer who'd stand a chance of competing with Bradman for
the honour might be Gary Sobers. Over 8000 runs and over 230 wickets is
pretty decent. His batting alone would easily have got him into a World XI
of his period, and then add the fact that he was also a world-class bowler...
By a mile the best all-rounder of all time, no-one else is even close.
Concepts and Cognition, Indiana University.
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