He was one of England’s greatest ever bowlers. 1,924 first-class wickets at 20.41 including 236 for England in 51 Tests proves that undeniable fact.
If it hadn’t been for World War II, Bedser would have played even more tests. He had to wait until 1946 when he was 28 to make his test match bow.
But he didn’t look back after that. And he also troubled Bradman, getting him out twice for a duck and six times in total.
As usual with cricketers from a previous era, Bedser was a lot tougher than the players of today. Given Ricky Ponting’s incandescence with England’s bowlers continuously leaving the field he would surely admire Bedser who once reminisced that “In my entire Test career I left the field only once. It was at Adelaide and the temperature was around a hundred. I went out but came back and bowled.”
They don’t make them like Alec Bedser anymore; more’s the pity. Rest in peace, Alec and make sure that you get Bradman out regularly in the England and Australia tests played out in Heaven.
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