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Last updated on July 16th, 2017 at 12:02 pm

ydney Morning Herald frowner Alan Ramsey is all grouched up about Workplace Relations Minister Joe Hockey:

In a superb piece of sucking-up but flawed history, a jolly Hockey told ABC radio on Thursday, “If you’ve got a Don Bradman in the team and you’re going on an Ashes tour of England, you don’t readily give up your Don Bradman.”

Ah Joe, what have you done?

You’ve forgotten, if you ever knew, that Bradman’s last Test innings, in his final Ashes tour of England in 1948, contributed zilch. He was bowled second ball for a duck. Age got the better of him. Bradman never played Test cricket again. The same has happened to Howard. Too old, too greedy, too late. Thank you, Joe Hockey, for nothing.

Ramsey has forgotten, if he ever knew, that Bradman – yet to turn 40 – scored 508 runs at 72.57 in the 1948 series, an average ten runs higher than achieved by the best opposition batsman. Moreover, under Bradman the Australians didn’t lose a single game on tour.

Ramsey also implies that Bradman’s final innings had some bearing on his retirement. Nonsense. You’d think Ramsey, who was 10 years old himself at the time, might remember some of this.

Posted by Tim B. on 09/16/2007 at 08:39 AM