Almost through his Test career, Bradman’s great English rival was Walter Hammond. Wyatt in one of his letters to me wrote, “
I put down as the greatest player on the off-side.” In Bradman’s debut series
in 1928-29, Hammond
struck a record 905 runs in the five Tests at an average of 113.12. When the
two teams met again in 1930, Bradman not only logged up 974 runs, a mark never
to be beaten, averaging 139.14, but also hit up the highest Test score of 334
at Leeds. Hammond
(Author Indra Vikram Singh can be contacted on email firstname.lastname@example.org).