Records were meant to be broken…but Bradman’s? 32



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You may have heard of him, but many may not. Either way, Adam Voges is a name you’re about to hear a little more of, considering he’s just broken two significant, seemingly untouchable records held by cricket royalty, Sir Donald Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar.

Yesterday, against the Kiwis, the 36-year old West Australian finished the day on an unbeaten 176 (not out) and in doing so lifted his test batting average to 100.33, knocking the bails off Bradman’s long held record of 99.94. Whilst others may have a higher average, (like current in-form batsman Usman Khawaja – 128.8 from just 5 test matches), Voges’ average has been built over 19 innings from 14 tests. In other words, this guy is good! He only made his test debut earlier in 2015.

Sure, Bradman’s average was sustained for 80 innings from 52 matches, but in the modern game this feat is, well, quite unbelievable…particularly for a guy considered to be in the twilight of his career.

Furthermore, in the process of smashing his way to 176 not out, he also dismantled a 12 year old record held by India’s Sachin Tendulkar – 500 runs without being dismissed.  Yes that’s right, 500 runs not out! His innings yesterday coupled with unbeaten innings of 269 and 106 against the West Indies in December, saw him race passed Tendulkar’s unbeaten 497 runs from three innings in 2004.

So how great does this make him? Statistics don’t lie…or do they? Certainly cricket, or the commentary built around it, is awash with statistics. Bill Lawry, Richie Benaud and Tony Gregg would have been nothing without them. How else can one talk their way through a five day test match with coming up with statistics like ‘the 5th highest 4th wicket stand between Australia and Bangladesh at the Adelaide Oval on a Thursday night when meat pies were on special!

Do these achievements put Voges on the same pedestal as Bradman and Tendulkar? After all Bradman knocked off 29 centuries, whilst Voges has managed 5 thus far. If not, what else does he have to do? How long does he have to hold that average for for him to be considered equal alongside these great of the game? Does he keep going to what else is left in the tank, or does he retire now and cement a place in cricketing folklore?

Irrespective, his achievements are significant, particularly in the modern game.

We’ll certainly take a baggy green cap off in your name Adam. Well done. What a terrific achievement.

 Would you consider Voges to be up alongside the greats of Bradman and Tendulkar or are they untouchable?


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  1. Not as long as his backside points to the ground. They now use 1/2 a tree for a bat most of the time batting against second rate bowlers. Been watching cricket for 50years and unfortunately he’s well down my list.

  2. Very impressive, but to me, he needs to maintain that average over the same amount of matches as ‘The Don’ for it to be a fair comparision. When all the numbers are the same and his average is higher, then he has beaten Bradman. If you took a small block out of Bradmans career, his stats would have been higher as well. Not taking anything away from Voges, ‘brilliant effort that’. 🙂

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  3. My son has a treasure, he guards with his life, when he was in his 20’s , my son’s friend’s father knew Sir Donald and my son bought a Bradman bat and they sent it to Sir Donald and he signed it for him. He sent back not only the most lovely letter, he also sent my son a signed Bradman cap, Sir Donald was a lovely man and in my family he will always be the best, not only for his cricket but his big heart

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  4. Cannot compare eras .He has not played enough games against top opposition on similar types of pitches as Bradman did .These days pitches are covered ,not in Bradman era .Players these days have such wonderful back up hygenists massage coaching etc .Everything in Bradman’s time was because of the individual. No salary .No air travel. As I said wrong to compare eras so different

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  5. The past greats…Richards, Lloyd, Richy, Ponting , Simpson, Lawry, Border etc etc batted against top line bowlers all the time….cannot compare. …sorry!!!

  6. Well done to Adam, don’t knock him, as some have said you can’t compare and Bradman didn’t always get runs. The nowling has also changed since way back when

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    • Diane everything has changed back then i often wonder how “The Don” and his teamates would havesccoped withe the amount of cricket that todays players play…lets see 3 tests and 6 1 dayers and 3 20 /20 against india 3 tests against New Zealand 3 tests against the windies who were also involved in the IODs and more 20/20 matches and now another 3 tests against New Zealand then the head of overseas to play some other team wkom i cant remember and by the time that is over it is back to England. Bradman an co. Had a leisurely 6 week trip by boat to England played some warm up matches and 5 five day tests then back on the boat to come home and”rest ” until our summer ehen a team from overseas and several warm up matches were played and then 5 five day tests and that was all the intrrnational cricket they played in a year…they also played Sheffield Shield and some grade matches. I would like to see Bradmans team of cricketers get through a cricket year like our current players go and then lets see how many runs may be scored even with half a trees stump to bat with.

  7. For a man who was only notice by the current selectors in the so calked twilight of his career he certainly has made monkeys of the selectors…keep going Adam and may all your innings be successful.

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