The nine greatest moments in Ashes history

Posted by , 08 July 2009

Donald Bradman gets a duck in his final innings

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When? August 14, 1948: Donald Bradman – Australia’s (and arguably cricket’s) greatest ever batsman - needed just four runs to retire with the immortalising average of over 100, as he walked out to bat in the first innings.

Where? The Oval, in front of 30,000 people, who gave the ‘The Don’ a standing ovation as he took to the field.

What happened? England respectfully gave the great man three cheers, before Bradman, to audible gasps from around The Oval, was clean bowled for a duck second ball by Eric Hollies’ googly. His average finished on 99.94. Unlucky.

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