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Captaining 'The Invincibles’

  The 1948 Australian Test Team on the deck of the RMS Strathaird after their arrival at Tilbury Dockyard, London in April 1948. Bradman is in a jocular mood 'tipping his lid'.
 
The 1948 Australian Test Team on the deck of the RMS Strathaird after their arrival at Tilbury Dockyard, London in April 1948. Bradman is in a jocular mood 'tipping his lid'.
By 1948 Don Bradman was reaching the end of his cricket career. He was urged to go on one last tour to Britain and reluctantly agreed. His team were a formidable group of youth and experience boasting players such as all-rounder Keith Miller, fast bowler Ray Lindwall, wicket-keeper Don Tallon, experienced batsmen Bill Brown, Sid Barnes and Arthur Morris and the rising star Neil Harvey. Under Bradman’s experienced and shrewd captaincy they amassed 15,210 runs at an average of 50.23 runs per wicket. Of 34 matches played, the team remained undefeated and, they were victorious in 25 of those games. The team won the Test series 4-0.

Their objective had been to play ‘bright and attractive cricket’ for the enjoyment of war-weary British spectators who flocked to the games in droves. Bradman later wrote of the team;

'Nothing can alter the figures which will appear in black and white in the record books, but they cannot record the spirit which permiated the side, the courage and fighting qualities of the players, for these things cannot be measured. They were on a very high plane'.

‘The Invincibles’ have now been recognised as the greatest Test cricket team of all time.

 


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