If one definite prospect for the Australian Test team appeared during the first day's play of the match between the M.
If one definite prospect for the Australian Test team appeared during the first day's play of the match between the M.C.C. and an Australian Eleven in Perth, it was the West Australian fast medium bowler, Keith Slater.
Slater, who sensationally bowled four of England's top batsmen in one spell during the match the M.C.C. played, against Western Australia, earlier in the week, ended the day with two wickets for sixty five runs off fourteen overs, two of which were maidens.
His figures are not impressive, by any means, we'll agree, but experts who watched him bowl considered his deliveries bothered the Englishmen so much that, with a few extra games under his belt, he'd be a worthy contender for a place as one of Australia's two opening bowlers for the forthcoming Test series.
The great Australian batsmen of past years and present Australian Test selector, Sir Donald Bradman, took a keen interest in Slater's bowling, and did not miss one of his deliveries during his opening spell. And it was in this period that Slater took his two wickets -- those of the openers, Richardson, for four, and Milton, for fifteen, both caught in the slips by the combined eleven captain John Rutherford.
Slater took both these wickets in the earlier game -- plus those of May and Graveney.
Peter May won the toss and elected to bat. As he made up his mind, he remarked to John Rutherford that "as the weather man says it will rain, I'll bat." It was a fast and hard wicket; no rain fell (and no rain is likely).
Individually, the M.C.C. batsmen were not very impressive in the early stages, but once they had settled in, they showed some crowd pleasing strokes.
If there was one M.C.C. batsman whose early innings was impressive, however, it was the left hander Subba Row, playing his first game in Australia.
Subba Row began in sparkling form and the crowd felt they had lost something when he was dismissed for fourteen.
When on sixty-odd, May played an awkward shot to an easy ball and fell on the ground. He retired, hurt, some minutes later and said in the dressing room that he thought he had damaged a ligament, He came back to the crases, however, when England had lost Bailey and the score was five for two hundred and eleven, and with Bailey as his runner, plodded on, sometimes playing excellent shots, till he successfully appealed against the fading light, about ten minutes before scheduled stumps.
At this stage, May was ninety six not out, and the wicket keeper Godfrey Evans, in cavalier form, had compiled forty eight.
The M.C.C. had rehabilitated themselves from a poor, one for six, and a mediocre, three for thirty three to be five down for two hundred and eight at the close of play.