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The next Test, in Melbourne, would be played on a far more receptive wicket, where they could easily work away at destabilising Bradman with some short ones. But it wasn’t to be. Within seconds, he was a Test spectator. Fingleton wasn’t so sure Bradman’s injury was real. ‘The accident to Bradman was a mystery,’ he later wrote. ‘Nobody saw it happen and the first time we knew about it was when he was seen on the dressing room floor. He had evidently caught his sprigs on one of the coir mats that covered the rooms in those days.
On this devilishly tricky wicket, deliveries would be at your throat one minute, skidding towards your ankles the next. The natural response was caution. Fingleton’s batting style was based on a fierce survival instinct. There was no flourish in his back lift. Instead it was restricted, taking the bat back only marginally and relying on strong wrists and forearms to push the ball away from the centre square. The back lift had to be short to ensure one was never a victim of the dreaded mullygrubber.
A wonderful ovation, Don,’ Sutcliffe said, as he watched the crowd noisily welcome back their king. ’ Bradman was far from composed as he walked to the middle. At the start of the Melbourne Test, he had insisted to Board of Control member Frank Cush that official action had to be taken over England’s dangerous bowling.