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PostSubject: described this sequence    Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:38 am

Hill was the victim of bad luck during this sequence of scores between 90 and 99. At Melbourne during the New Years Test he scored 99; the first time a batsman was dismissed one run short of a century in Test cricket.[31] In the first innings in the next Test in Adelaide, having scored 98, Hill was caught by Johnny Tyldesley who was standing on the bicycle track surrounding the oval. Tyldesley attempted to call Hill back but Hill declined, saying the captains had agreed that the fence was the boundary, not the track. Under modern laws, he would have been not out and the shot would count as six runs, allowing him his century. In the second innings, Hill's poor luck continued. He chopped down on a ball when 97 and then, to his horror, saw the ball rolling back towards his stumps. He attempted to hit the ball away from the stumps but accidentally knocked the leg bail and was out, bowled.[31] The English writer, Simon Wilde, has described this sequence as an "unparalleled spell of nonagenarians' neurosis".[31]

Hill visited England for a third time in 1902 with the Australian team who won their fourth successive Test series. In the process the Australians "beat the records of all their predecessors in the country" by losing only two of 39 matches during the tour.[32] For the second time, Hill scored more than 1,000 runs in an English summer; 1,534 at an average of 31.95 including four centuries.[27] Rain affected the first two Test matches at Edgbaston and Lord's and both teams moved to Sheffield without a win.[32]



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