Seventy-one years earlier, Bradman had scored a grand total of 28,067 first class runs and now Justin Langer holds the record. Another interesting cricket statistic.
Cricket is one sport whose statistics are phenomenally complex as there is a different set of statistics generated for each series of Test matches between countries. For example, during the recent Third Test at Edgbaston, the two opening batsmen provided manna for statistically-literate luminaries, whose every utterances the initiated were lapping up with glee.
Some of the records were: the highest partnership at Edgbaston for English openers against Australia;
â€¢ the number of balls faced by each opening batsman (both individually and within that specific opening partnership);
â€¢ the number of fours scored by each opening batsman (both individually and while in that opening partnership by each batsman);
â€¢ the numbers of single runs, as well as the the twos and threes; and for the more finicky addict of statistics,
â€¢ notations about the direction of each hit and from which end the ball was bowled.
And all this for the opening batsman. The same generation of numbers upon numbers, records upon records applies to each partnership down the batting order for all eleven men. It goes on and on and on and on. This set of statistics not only applies to Edgbaston, but for each ground, and each team.
Well-Being Australia chairman Mark Tronson, Baptist minister and cricket chaplain says that it is little wonder it takes quite some time for the uninitiated, particularly migrants or tourists, to begin to understand or appreciate Cricket.
Sport is very cultural and this was illustrated to M V Tronson dramatically in 1982 at his initiation of Ministry to Professional Athletes when he was attending an international sport mission conference in Hong Kong.
"I could count on one hand the number of people who had any idea who Australia's greatest field hockey player was, but in Australia Ric Charlesworth was widely recognised.
"Similarly 'Dr J', Julius Irving, the then greatest US basketballer of all time, was not within my orbit of knowledge. He and I chatted away but it wasn't until later someone pointed out his credential. It was almost a case of 'so what'!" Mark Tronson explained.
This encounter was perhaps the most profound for his ministry, as he realised at that point how much the knowledge and enjoyment of sport is based in a cultural identity, and that athletes too are in need of Jesus. That one single event more than any other directed his philosophy when pioneering the Sports and Leisure Ministry on his return to Australia.
Ron Ross pointed this out in a different and more poignant manner in what is now a press article of historic acclaim in Sports Ministry, back in 1993, when writing for the Noosa Times.
Ron was at that time the Minister at Noosa Baptist Church but had been a YWAM missionary for many years and prior to that the Sports Editor for WIN4 when Ron and Mark Tronson first met in Wollongong. Mark was back then writing field hockey media stories for the Wollongong media including WIN4..
"The December 1993 article in the Noosa Times in Ron Ross's regular column, he noted I was visiting my parents in Noosa and his article was titled, "Aussie cricketers turn to chaplain". The last sentence highlights the essence of the only true eternal statistic," reflects M V Tronson. "I will forever be honoured by this comment of his:"
"Dr Mark Tronson may not be a well known hero in Noosa. But in heaven lies his achievements where they are written in capital letters. "