Charles George Charlie Macartney was an Australian cricketer who played in 35 Tests between 1907 and 1926. Sir Donald Bradman—generally regarded as the greatest batsman in history—cited Macartneys dynamic batting as an inspiration in his cricket career and he started his career as a bowling all-rounder. He made his Test debut in 1907, primarily as a left arm orthodox spinner who was considered to be a useful lower-middle order right-hand batsman, as Macartney was initially selected for his flexibility, his position in the batting order was frequently shuffled and he was largely ineffective. His most noteworthy Test contribution in his career was a match-winning ten wicket haul at Headingley in 1909. It was around this time that Macartney befriended Trumper and began to transform himself from a bowler who batted in a defensive and technically correct manner, into an audacious attacking batsman. He reclaimed his Test position and made his maiden Test century in the same season, the First World War stopped all first-class cricket and Macartney enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force. Upon the resumption of cricket, Macartney stamped himself as one of the batsmen in the world with his performances during the 1921 Ashes tour. Macartney produced an Australian record score in England of 345 against Nottinghamshire, the innings was the fastest triple century in first-class cricket and the highest score made by a batsman in a single day of play. He reached 300 in 205 minutes and the innings took less than four hours, Macartney topped the batting averages and run-scoring aggregates, which saw him named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1922. Wisden said that he was, by degrees the most brilliant. After missing the 1924–25 series due to illness or a recurrence of war injuries. He became the second Australian to score a century in the first session of a Test match and this was part of a sequence of three consecutive Test centuries as he led the batting charts. Macartney was posthumously inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2007, Macartneys flair was compared to that of Victor Trumper, and his determination to that of Don Bradman, who is generally regarded as the finest batsman in cricketing history. His style was different from that of Trumper, but he generated fascination with his Trumper-like daring. Self-taught to a greater extent than anyone else in Australia or England in his era and he is not a model to be copied and one of the most brilliant and attractive right-handed batsmen in the history of Australian cricket. His success was attributed to his eye, hand and foot co-ordination. Macartney was a man, standing 160 cm. When batting, he would attempt to leg glance yorkers pitched on middle stump down to fine-leg
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Victor Trumper, Macartney's friend and role model.
The successful 1921 Australian team. Macartney is third from the right in the middle row