The M.C.C. touring cricketers, who arrived in Australia last Wednesday (21 October), flexed their muscles?
The M.C.C. touring cricketers, who arrived in Australia last Wednesday (21 October), flexed their muscles for the first time with net practice at the Adelaide Oval. Sir Donald Bradman, the Australian selector, was among the impressed onlookers.
With only four first-class fixtures before the First Test at Brisbane on November 27, the M.C.C. skipper, Ray Illingworth, is anxious that his players should get in as much practice as possible.
The fast bowlers - usually regarded as they key to victory in Australian cricket - have no time to waste in which to build up to their maximum speed. the batsmen will have to adapt quickly to the different conditions in Australia, where the ball is inclined to bounce more.
At the net practice, the four fast bowlers impressed the onlookers, including Sir Don, with their direction and ability to make the ball lift. John Snow, the Sussex paceman, was particularly impressive.
Illingworth said later that a number of his team were suffering from slight stiffness after the practice but that they should have loosened up before the opening match at Port Pirie on Wednesday (28 October).