From the Archives, 1971: Bradman out for 22 in computer Test


Australia in problem towards England — no longer an ominous foreboding of what would possibly happen inside the Ashes series next yr, however, what has passed off on the hole day of the computer “Test of the Century.” At tea, with the incomparable Don Bradman out for best 22, Australia had been buckling at five-195 underneath the green English spin assault. Hedley Verity led the assault with his well-flighted, left-hand spinners and took three-31 on a hard and fast wicket. The “giants” of the beyond have come in brief alive on this “Test,” performed on National Cash Register computers in London and Sydney. The groups had been picked by G.O. “Gubby” Allen and Sir Donald Bradman from the finest players in Tests between the 2 international locations over the last 50 years.

TestNCR has made the unique analysis of every run scored and ball bowled in each Test between England and Australia in the United Kingdom in 1921. All this information became fed into computers, which converted the statistics to probability tables regarding person performances.

The toss became ultimate night over a radio-phone link-up between Peter May, England’s captain, and Sir Donald, Australia’s captain. Sir Donald, who become in Adelaide, gained the toss with a “tails” name and determined to bat on a wicket pre-determined as being correct for 3 days and then taking a spin on the final days. Arthur Morris, who listened in from Sydney at the captains’ communication, opened the Australian innings with Bill Ponsford, a champion of the 1930s. The rapid bowlers could not destroy their partnership, but in his 2nd over, off-spinner Jim Laker pushed a quicker ball thru to Morris, and he became trapped in the front for 39. Ponsford and Bradman carried Australia to lunch (1-116), but Bradman went quickly afterward whilst he went forward to a faster ball from Verity and was caught using the bowler.

With ”The Don” out, Ponsford shouldered the responsibility of the batting and changed into the simplest Australian to look comfy towards the English spin. The groups, in the batting order, are:


A. Morris, W. Ponsford, D. Bradman (c), C. Macartney, N. Harvey, R. Simpson, K. Miller, R. Benaud (VC), R. Lindwall, D. Tallon, W. O’Reilly. 12th guy: A. Davidson. ENGLAND J. Hobbs, L. Hutton, W. Hammond, D. Compton, M. Leyland, P. May (c), G. Evans, H. Larwood, M. Tate, J. Laker, H. Verity. 12th man: F. Trueman. Australia recovered to publish a reachable 321 in the first innings, with England scoring 266 in reply. Bradman fared a lot better in the 2nd dig, making a double century in Australia’s 437. England’s target of 493 turned into too exquisite, and that they succumbed approximately 40 minutes before tea for 327 with Benaud and Miller main the rate.

Writing for the Herald, Bill O’Reilly, who claimed one wicket in England’s 2d innings, stated he turned into “happy this bizarre Test is over and that Australia received it so handily.” However, he did warn readers to “take heed of this mechanical accountancy and its inroads into the hallowed area of sporting endeavor.”