George Bailey reminsces 1939 Test match between South Africa and England
Australian all-rounder George Bailey speaks about how T20 cricket is the new ‘in’ thing to CA TV ahead of the second T20I against South Africa in Durban and also has a sneak-peek into the history of cricket as he elaborates on the England versus South Africa Test match which took place 75 years ago at the same venue.
The game which was played on the 3rd of March 1939 was labelled as the ‘timeless Test’ thanks to 12 high octane days of cricket and England chasing a world-record total of 694 to win.
But as Bailey says, England racked up 646 runs for the loss of 5 wickets till the last day of the match only to see the game peter out into a draw thanks to the English players hurrying to catch their boat which was to leave South African shores in the midst of the game.
And as Bailey puts it, the game was indeed a marvellous one and could definitely have gone down as one of the greatest ever in the history of the sport if England were to hunt down the remaining 48 runs and win the Test match.