Today is the birthday of former Australian cricketer Arthur Morris. Arthur, called the run-machine, was born on this day in 1922. He made a record in his very first first class match. It was December of 1940. Arthur Morris, a young 18-year-old cricketer, was making his first class debut. He became the first batsman to score a century in both innings of his first first-class match. He did this while playing for New South Wales against Queensland.
The second world war had started when Morris started first-class cricket. Thus, after starting a first-class career at the age of 18, he had to wait six years to start his international career. This was the prime of his career but he had no other option but to wait. Morris had a chance to make his debut against England in 1946–47. World War was over and the world was slowly returning to track. Arthur’s first three innings were not good. 2, 5, and 21 runs scored. But the left-handed batsman showed his complexion in the second innings of the Melbourne Test. The first century of his career, scoring 155 runs. After this, he scored two centuries. That is, three consecutive times.
When left bradman
Very few batsmen can claim to overtake Bradman in a Test series. But Arthur Morris has done so. It is a matter of Australia’s tour of England in 1948. This was Bradman’s last Test series. He scored 508 runs in five Tests at an average of 72.57. At the same time, Morris showed his talent by scoring 696 runs at an average of 87.
Bradman was out on zero, Arthur was in front
Bradman was out on zero in his last Test innings. Bradman was bowled by Eric Horris. For this reason, he could not touch the magic figure of 100 in the test. But Arthur had scored 196 runs in this innings. Hardly anyone remembers that when Bradman was out and returning to the pavilion, Arthur was standing at the other end. Not only that, he missed a double century in that match by just four runs. He was run-out on a score of 196. In January 1951, he scored his highest score of 206 in the series against England.
Form decline after 1948–49
After 1948–49, his form began to decline. Till then, his batting average in 19 Tests was 67.77. Alec Bedser then began harassing them. He struggled against his swing and cut. In the last 27 Tests, he scored 1703 runs at an average of 34.03.
Elk hunted 18 times
England’s fast bowler Alec Bedser troubled Arthur. Arthur scored against England but Bedsar dismissed him 18 times. It was the record of the most number of dismissals by a bowler to a batsman. In 19 matches between 1946 and 1954, he became a victim of Bedser 18 times. Glenn McGrath broke the record. In 2001, McGraw made this record by bowling out England opener Michael Atherton 19 times. McGraw achieved the feat in just 17 matches.
12 century and 12 half century
In his last Test against West Indies in 1955, Arthur scored 7 runs. This proved to be the last match of his career. Arthur scored 3533 runs in 46 matches at an average of 46.48. In his career, he scored 12 centuries and an equal half century. He died on 22 August 2015 at the age of 93.