Donald George Bradman made his Test debut for Australia, aged 20, against the 1928-29 visiting England side.
Although Bradman aggregated 468 and played in four of the five matches in the series, there was no inkling of what was to follow in the summer of 1930 when Australia toured England.
The Summer of 1930 is recalled as “The Summer That Changed Cricket”.
Christopher Hilton in his book“Bradman and The Summer That Changed Cricket: The Amazing 1930 Australian Tour of England” documents Sir Donald’s innings and reactions to his stupendous Test aggregate of 974 in five Tests, a monumental feat that has not been surpassed in eight decades since.
The closest, to the phenomenon, are Wally Hammond aggregating 905 in nine innings in 1928-29 (England in Australia) and Mark Taylor eking out 839 in 11 innings in 1989 (Australia in England). Bradman needed just seven innings to secure his place in history forever.
I had the good fortune to lay my hands on a copy of Hilton’s tome.
Here are some interesting tidbits from the iconic account: