Don Bradman, The Oval 1948The daddy of all disappointing send-offs - although, on the up side, that legendary final Test average, 99.94, is far more evocative than a dull and rounded 100.00. And besides, Don Bradman's final moment of fallibility at The Oval has meant that future generations have had something to aim for, for 72 years and counting. Had the Don been a modern media-trained drone, he would doubtless have uttered something banal at the post-match presentations, along the lines of: "Obviously I was gutted on a personal level, but I'd trade those four runs for an innings-and-149-run win over the Poms and a 4-0 series win any day of the week". Except, given that he had a voracious run-harvesting appetite that makes Jacques Kallis look flighty, we can hazard a guess that his mood might not have been quite so upbeat. John Arlott's commentary was as flummoxed as Bradman's off-balance stab at the googly. "He's bowled! Bradman, bowled Hollies, nought. What do you say under those circumstances?" Something that, in this day and age, would earn you a demerit point, probably.
Allan Donald, Johannesburg 2002
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