Oxford pub not only has a fine cricketing inn sign but has a stone carving
in relief that depicts Sir Donald Bradman, widely acknowledged as the greatest
Test batsman of all time. The reason for him being characterised on this pub is
that he once graced the Christ Church pitch cross the road when the Australian
team played against the University.
Most cricket aficionados cannot conceive of another player equalling Bradman’s
Test batting average of 99.94. It was standing at 101.39 before he was bowled
for a duck by Eric Hollies at The Oval in 1948. If he had scored just four runs
in this final innings he would have ended his Test career with an average of
The first image dates from 1991 when the building was operated by the Morland
Brewery, the firm who rebuilt the Cricketers' Arms in 1936. The second image was
taken in February 2013.
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