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Classic Ashes clashes - 1948, Headingley

1948 - Fourth Test, Headingley
22, 23, 24, 26, 27 July
Australia won by seven wickets

Don Bradman scored the last of his 29 Test centuries at Headingley
England 496 all out
Cyril Washbrook 143
Bill Edrich 111
Len Hutton 81
Alec Bedser 79
Australia 458 all out
Neil Harvey 112
Sam Loxton 93
Ray Lindwall 77
Keith Miller 58
England 365 for 8 dec.
Denis Compton 66
Cyril Washbrook 65
Len Hutton 57
Bill Edrich 54
Australia 404 for 3
Arthur Morris 182
Don Bradman 173*

Don Bradman's 1948 tourists were dubbed "The Invincibles" and they proved just that with an amazing comeback in Leeds.

England had held the advantage in a compelling Test from the very first day when Len Hutton and Cyril Washbrook shared their highest opening stand.

But that all changed on the fifth day, despite Australia having been set an astonishing 403 for victory.

Arthur Morris and Bradman both scored centuries as the visitors ran out comfortable winners by seven wickets.

Two down in the series, England started strongly knowing a 100% record in the remaining Tests would square the contest.

Hutton and Washbrook put on 168, Washbrook and Bill Edrich made 100 and Edrich and nightwatchman Alec Bedser shared a partnership of 155.

Despite collapsing from 423-2 to 496 all out it was a positive start that looked all the better with Australia struggling at 68-3.

A rescue mission headed by Keith Miller, Neil Harvey and Sam Loxton saw Australia mount a credible reply, but England remained in the ascendancy.

They hammered that home with Hutton and Washbrook sharing another century stand before Edrich and Denis Compton put on 103 in even time.

Audio highlights from the 1948 series

Godfrey Evans marshalled a tail which again failed to wag, but a target of 403 looked insurmountable.

But Bradman's "Invincibles" had other ideas and the runs flowed at a fast rate.

England, regretting the omission of slow left-arm spinner Jack Young, struggled to make any inroads as catches went down and Jim Laker bowled erratically.

Morris and Bradman shared a second-wicket stand of 301 and "The Don" was there at the end to seal the win, with 15 minutes remaining, to go three up in a series they eventually won 4-0.

It was the highest fourth innings total to win a Test until India scored 406-4 to beat West Indies in 1975/76. The record now belongs to West Indies who scored 418-7 to beat Australia in 2003.

Did you know?
Don Bradman's 29th century was his last in Test cricket. It was his 19th against England, and his fourth at Headingley where he averaged a remarkable 192.60. He scored a record 5,028 runs in Ashes contests.





see also
Ashes Legends XI
18 Sep 06 |  England

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