Sir Don Bradman is the yardstick to measure how good a Test cricketer is and none has quite managed to come close to the Australian great. Bradman came close to retiring with a Test average of exactly 100, but missed out by a whisker, as he had to bid adieu to the longest format of the game with an average of 99.94.
It was his final Test innings, which saw a rare failure, as Bradman was sent packing for a second-ball duck. Had he scored four runs in the innings, he could have retired with an average of exactly 100. Batting at one down, in Australia’s tour of England in 1984, Bradman was cleared up by Eric Hollies as he turned back and returned to dressing room.
The moment has been well documented by Cricket Australia as they took to Twitter to share his dismissal on Thursday. It was also on this very day, back in 1948, that the match took place. “Sir Don Bradman was dismissed for a second-ball duck in his final Test innings”, Cricket Australia tweeted.
#OnThisDay in 1948: Sir Don Bradman was dismissed for a second-ball duck in his final Test innings.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 14, 2020
Australia, however, went on to win the match by 149 runs.
Bradman retired after playing 52 Tests. He amassed 6996 runs from 80 innings at an average of 99.96 which included 29 centuries and 13 half-centuries to his name.
Till date, no one has achieved the record left by Bradman, but former Australia captain Steve Smith has drawn plenty of comparisons with the great.