First batsman to be ” Mankaded ” no more

Bill Brown, the first batsman in the history of test cricket to be out ” Mankaded ” has passed away at the age of 95 in Brisbane.

Brown was an accomplished batsman, and had an excellent tour of England in 1938. Many remember the second test at Lords where Brown scored 206,  the 100th century by an Australian against England. Wisden cricketer of the year in 1938, many followers of the game say that Brown was one of Australia’s best batsmen in English conditions.

Both Brown, and the bowler who dismissed him in the second test at Sydney during India’s 1947/48 tour of Australia, Vinoo Mankad, were born in 1912. Brown was born on 31 March in Queensland, while Mankad was born on 12th April. Mankad however passed away in 1978.

Brown and his NSW partner, Jack Fingleton, were widely acknowledged as Australia’s finest opening pair in the 1930’s. The two enjoyed great success together, especially in South Africa and England.

Brown was Australia’s oldest living test cricketer at the time of his death, and was also a recipient of the Order of Australia. He also captained Australia once in Bradman’s absence, in a game against New Zealand.


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