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The ground is not big behind the stumps, but the slips were almost three-quarters of the way to the fence. ’ Gilbert didn’t run. He walked in five paces and then slung, which was the best way to describe it, with a boomerang-throwing action. The way his friend McCabe fended off the bowling attack filled Fingleton with awe for his batting mastery. He would always feel that McCabe was unjustly consigned to Bradman’s shadow. Despite the Gilbert power attack, New South Wales cruised to an innings and 238 runs victory.
Everyone else was a prop, a moth to his flame. Jack Fingleton PAGES new 24/7/08 3:58 PM Page 45 Making the Grade Test after Test, Fingleton sat in the Australian dressing room watching one man maul the visiting side. Bradman was merciless. ‘On and on and on he seemed to go, batting into cricket eternity,’ Fingleton wrote later. The South Africans had been warned. Their first game had been against Western Australia in Perth. As they travelled east by train, children at every railway siding kept up the chant, ‘You’ll never get Braddles out.
The Sydney Morning Herald described Fingleton’s innings as ‘artistic and sound’. The Daily Telegraph pumped up its man by calling him ‘an admirable opening batsman’. The Sydney Mail, explaining that Fingleton had always been a fine player on wet wickets, predicted that the newcomer would ‘someday be a great success in England’. His restrictive batting style saw him survive through a difficult patch, enabling Australia to go well ahead of the South African score, and then giving them ample time to dismiss the visitors for another low score of 45 for an innings and 72 runs victory.