Tejas Rathi ∙ Aug 14 2022, 8:50 AM

#OTD in 1948: Sir Don Bradman was dismissed for a  duck in his final Test outing


image-l6t0qayaDonald Bradman in his last international appearance

On this day, 74 years ago, Sir Donald Bradman concluded his illustrious Test career on the most disappointing note, registering a duck in the fifth Test against England at the Oval. 


Australia crush England in the first innings

Opting to bat first, England were dismissed for a score of 52, with Ray Lindwall creating havoc by taking six wickets. Leonard Hutton was the top scorer for the hosts with 30 runs. 

Then, Australia openers Sid Barnes (61) and Arthur Morris (196) were terrific to add 117 runs for the first wicket. Then Bradman received a standing ovation ahead of his arrival at the crease for his last red-ball innings.

The charismatic batter needed another four more runs to end on a career average of 100. However, spinner Eric Hollies bowled a googly, which turned just enough to breach the defence of Bradman and sent him for a duck. 

Australia finished their first innings on 389, gaining a mammoth lead of 337 runs. 


Australia seal the series in a dominating fashion

In the second innings, Hutton (64) and Denis Compton (39) were the only notable contributors for England, as they were bundled out for 188. 

With a victory by an innings and 149 runs, Australia clinched the series by 4-0. Bradman finished with 508 runs in five games.

Regarding his international career, the top-order batter scored 6996 runs in 80 innings at an average of 99.94. 


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