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Old 09-10-2019, 11:25 PM
penultima thule is offline
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Originally Posted by Artfog View Post
Is the relatively high average here a Bradman effect?
To a large extent yes, but not exclusively.

AUS averaged 52.3 when winning Tests in the '40s.
Excluding Tests vs AUS, the rest of the cricketing nations averages 43.7.

There was also a fair bit of beating up on India post WWII.
ENG averaged 47.6 and WI averaged 58.2 vs India in that decade.

In that era wickets were prepared as roads on day 1 and deteriorated into cart tracks.
Win the toss and bat for 3 days was SOP.