Cricket’s greatest batsman ever, Sir Don Bradman finished his Test career with an average of 99.94 and the legend says that the great Aussie batsman just needed four more runs to take his average to 100 which would have added a silver lining to his glorious career. Although there are various ‘if and but’ stories about the four runs which Bradman never scored, his team-mate Neil Harvey still blames himself for Bradman not having an average of 100.
In Bradman’s penultimate Test, Neil Harvey arrived at the crease with Australia only four runs away from a win against England. Bradman was playing on 173 at that time and was at the non-striker’s end.
Harvey came and scored the boundary to take Australia home. Now he believes that he should have allowed the great Don to score those four runs so that it would have taken his average to 100.
Harvey was speaking with a newspaper as he will be turning 90 on October 8. He said that the four at Leeds makes him feel very guilty. According to him, it is entirely his fault that Bradman didn’t average 100 in Test cricket. He believes that if Don would have scored those four runs instead of him, Don would have got there.
Speaking about those four runs, Harvey remembered that he went in and Ken Cranston, a seam bowler from Lancashire, bowled this thing on his leg stump and he whacked it through mid-wicket for four.
He added that the public charged onto the ground and he can still remember Bradman yelling, ‘come on son, let’s get out of here.’
Harvey played 79 Tests for Australia and scored 6149 runs at an average of 48.41. He is currently the lone surviving member of the famous Bradman’s ‘Invincibles’ team.