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Don Bradmanís best innings

The young Don Bradman photographed in his 1930 Australian Test 'baggy green' cap and blazer.
After scoring a century in the First Test of his first overseas tour, Don Bradman resolved to do well in the Second Test which would be his debut at Lord’s, the home of cricket. Coming in at 3.30pm on the second day he took to the bowling taking only 45 minutes to reach 50. By 5.30pm he had scored a Century and was 155 at the close of play. After the Sunday rest day, he took his score to 200 at 12.50pm but was caught brilliantly by Chapman at extra-cover for 254 after lunch. This was the first ball in the innings that he had lifted. It was a flawless, chanceless innings that left him with a great deal of satisfaction, especially having performed the feat at Lord’s in front of the cricket world’s luminaries. He commented much later in life;

‘There is not much personal satisfaction in making a hundred and being missed several times. Any artist must surely aim at perfection. This was the nearest that I could ever hope to get to such a goal.’