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Classic Ashes clashes - 1937, Melbourne

1936/37 - Third Test, Melbourne
1, 2, 4, 5, 6 & 7 January
Australia won by 365 runs

Donald Bradman
Australia 200-9 dec
Stan McCabe 63
England 76-9 dec
Morris Sievers 5-21
Australia 564 all out
Don Bradman 270
Jack Fingleton 136
England 323 all out
Maurice Leyland 111no
Robert Robins 61
Walter Hammond 51
Leslie Fleetwood-Smith 5-124

Australia's victory showed Donald Bradman at his best.

Having lost his first two Tests as captain, there were growing murmurs of discontent at his ability to lead the team.

And at 130-6 on the opening day, the Ashes looked to be slipping from Australia's grasp.

But Stan McCabe and Bert Oldfield staged a recovery before their bowlers made hay, with only three Englishmen reaching double figures.

On a hazardous track, each captain opted to declare their first innings closed for the first time in Test cricket.

And with the pitch still playing badly, Bradman pulled a masterstroke, sticking his tailenders up the order.

By the time he came to the wicket at 97-5, the scene was set.

Bradman shared a world record sixth-wicket partnership of 346 with Jack Fingelton, finishing with 270 - all while feeling under the weather.

England failed to match Bradman's mercurial efforts, facing a mammoth 689 to win and went on to lose the series as Australia completed the biggest comeback in Ashes history.


Did you know?
The victory changed the face of the series and, after being 2-0 down, Australia ended 3-2 winners. It is the biggest comeback in Ashes history.



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see also
Ashes Legends XI
18 Sep 06 |  England


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