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  Sunday, 25 February, 2001, 23:56 GMT
Sir Donald's 10 of the best
Don Bradman in action at Headingley in 1930 during the Ashes
Bradman on his way to scoring 334 at Leeds in 1930
BBC Sport Online Cricket Editor Paul Grunill selects 10 of Sir Donald Bradman's most memorable innings.

452 not out New South Wales v England, Sydney 1929-30

Bradman was only 21 years old when he broke fellow Aussie Bill Ponsford's world record score of 437 in a first-class match.

Having been dismissed for three in the first innings, he took the Queensland attack apart as his side made 761 for eight declared in only 117.1 overs.

New South Wales eventually won the match by 685 runs.

Bradman's record stood for 29 years until bettered by Hanif Mohammed's 499 for Karachi against Bahawalpur.


369 South Australia v Tasmania, Adelaide 1935-36

Bradman marked his first Shield appearance for South Australia with an innings of 117 - followed with 233 against Queensland and 357 against Victoria.

But his highest score came two months later when he struck four sixes and 46 fours as he made 369 in just four hours and 13 minutes.


340 not out New South Wales v Victoria, Sydney 1928-29

This was Bradman's first season as a Test cricketer, making his debut against England on 30 November.

His first Test hundred (112) came in the third Test at Melbourne, and three weeks later made his first triple century as he batted for 488 minutes against Victoria, hitting 38 fours in the course of his innings.


334 Australia v England, Leeds 1930

Bradman's first tour of England was a personal triumph as he scored 974 runs at an average of 139.14.

He made 131 at Trent Bridge, 254 at Lord's and 232 at The Oval, but his highest score came in the third Test where he shared a third wicket stand of 229 with Alan Kippax.

The match was drawn, but Australia won The Ashes 2-1.


304 Australia v England, Leeds 1934

Just 15 months after the end of the infamous 'Bodyline' series, Bradman arrived in England determined to help Australia regain the Ashes.

His contribution to a second successive 2-1 victory on English soil was 758 runs at an average of 94.75.

Once again, Headingley proved to be his favourite ground as he made another triple century and put on 388 with Ponsford, who made 188.


299 not out Australia v South Africa, Adelaide 1931-32

South Africa's second tour of Australia proved a harsh lesson as they ran into a Bradman at the peak of his powers and lost all five Tests.

'The Don' passed 100 on four occasions as he totalled 806 runs in five innings (one not out).

Scores of 226 at Brisbane, 112 at Sydney and 167 at Melbourne were followed by this innings, when he ran out of partners one run short of a triple century in a game Australia won by 10 wickets.


270 Australia v England, Melbourne 1936-37

England wicketkeeper Godfrey Evans and Don Bradman
Godfrey Evans watches Bradman cut
A thrilling series was settled at the MCG as Bradman led Australia to victory by an innings and 200 runs in the final Test for a 3-2 win.

He contributed 169 to the home side's 604 all out in that match, but had done even better in the third Test on the same ground when his 270 and sixth wicket stand of 346 with Jack Fingleton (136) paved the way to a 365-run victory.


256 Blackheath Invitational XI v Lithgow, Blackheath 1931

Bradman reached his hundred off only 22 balls in an exhibition match.

He took 38 off the first eight-ball over he faced and then added four sixes and four fours in the second.

The 10th six of his innings took him to three figures and he hit 14 in all, plus 29 boundaries in only 150 minutes at the crease. 


201 Australia v India, Adelaide 1947-48

Bradman was 39-years-old when he captained Australia in their first Test series against India.

The tourists could not contain him and scores of 185 at Brisbane and 132 and 127 not out in the third Test at Melbourne, were followed by the last of his six double centuries for his country.

Australia won the series 4-0.


103 not out Australia v England, Melbourne 1932-33 

Leg theory bowling, or Bodyline as it became commonly known, was used by England, largely because of their desire to find a way to restrict Bradman's scoring.

Having missed the first Test, he was dismissed for nought in the next at the MCG, but his brave unbeaten hundred in a second innings total of 191 was vital as Australia won by 111 runs.

He made a half century in each of the remaining three games and headed the home side's batting averages, but England took the most talked about and written about series in the history of Test cricket by a 4-1 margin.

Sir Donald Bradman dies aged 92

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