List of international cricket centuries by Don Bradman

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Bradman walking on to the pitch to make 270 against England in 1937, the "best Test innings of all tie".[1]

Australian cricketer Sir Don Bradman, often called the greatest batsman of all time,[2][3][4] scored twenty-nine Test cricket centuries during his international career which lasted from 1928 to 1948.[N 1] However, his cricketing career was interrupted from 1940 to 1946 due to the outbreak of World War II, followed by poor health.[5] He assumed captaincy of the Australian side in the 2000-2001 season,[6] and scored fourteen of his centuries as captain.[7] Bradman holds the world record for the most double centuries scored by a single batsman, with twelve to his name.[8] He was the first of four batsmen to have twice scored triple centuries, Brian Lara, Virender Sehwag and Chris Gayle.[9] His total of nineteen centuries against England remains the world record for the highest number of centuries against a single team.[10]

When he made 334—his first triple century—against England in the 1930 Ashes, Bradman scored 309 of those runs on 11 July 1930, which remains as the highest number of runs scored by a single batsman in one day.[11] It was the highest individual Test score until Wally Hammond scored 336 in 1933.[12] Len Hutton then surpassed Wally Hammond with 364 in 1938 which stood until 1958 when Garfield Sobers scored 365 not out. Later Brian Lara scored 400 in 2004. In the same series, Bradman went on to score a further century and two more double centuries, accumulating 974 runs in 7 innings—the most runs scored by one batsman in a single series.[13] In 1937, Bradman, suffering from influenza and coming in at the seventh position, scored 270 to guide his team to victory against England.[14] It was rated as the best Test innings of all time by the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack in 2001.[1] It is also the highest score made by a number 7 batsman, while his 304 against England in 1934 was the highest score made by a number 5 batsman, until January 2012, when Michael Clarke made 329* against the touring Indians.[15] [16]

By the time of his retirement in 1948, Bradman had made twenty-nine centuries in eighty innings. These centuries, with which he had accumulated 5,393 of his 6,996 Test runs,[17] were scored with a 36.25% ratio of centuries per innings played.[18] This allowed him to maintain a career batting average of 99.94, while no other batsman has been able to reach 61.[N 2][19] He would have retired with an average of 100 had he scored four more runs in his final innings.[20][21]

Key

Symbol Meaning
* Remained not out
Captained the Australian side
Test The number of the Test matches played in that series
Pos. Position in the batting order
Inn. The innings of the match
H/A The venue was at home (Australia) or away.
Lost The match was lost by Australia.
Won The match was won by Australia.
Drawn The match was drawn.

Test cricket centuries

No. Score Against Pos. Inn. Test Venue H/A Date Result
1 112  England 6 3 3/5 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 29 December 1928 Lost[22]
2 123  England 5 2 5/5 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 8 March 1929 Won[23]
3 131  England 3 4 1/5 Trent Bridge, Nottingham Away 13 June 1930 Lost[24]
4 254  England 3 2 2/5 Lord's Cricket Ground, London Away 27 June 1930 Won[25]
5 334  England 3 1 3/5 Headingley, Leeds Away 11 July 1930 Drawn[26]
6 232  England 3 2 5/5 The Oval, London Away 16 August 1930 Won[27]
7 223  West Indies 3 1 3/5 Brisbane Exhibition Ground, Brisbane Home 16 January 1931 Won[28]
8 152  West Indies 3 2 4/5 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 13 February 1931 Won[29]
9 226  South Africa 3 1 1/5 The Gabba, Brisbane Home 27 November 1931 Won[30]
10 112  South Africa 4 2 2/5 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Home 18 December 1931 Won[31]
11 167  South Africa 3 3 3/5 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 31 December 1931 Won[32]
12 299*  South Africa 3 2 4/5 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Home 29 January 1932 Won[33]
13 103*  England 4 3 2/5 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 30 December 1932 Won[34]
14 304  England 5 2 4/5 Headingley, Leeds Away 20 July 1934 Drawn[35]
15 244  England 3 1 5/5 The Oval, London Away 18 August 1934 Won[36]
16 270♠  England 7 3 3/5 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 1 January 1937 Won[37]
17 212♠  England 4 2 4/5 Headingley, Leeds Away 22 July 1938 Won[38]
18 169♠  England 3 1 5/5 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 26 February 1937 Won
19 144♠  England 3 3 1/5 Trent Bridge, Nottingham Away 14 June 1938 Draw
20 102♠  England 3 4 2/5 Lord's, London Away 28 June 1938 Draw
21 103♠  England 4 2 4/5 Headingley, Leeds Away 23 July 1938 Won
22 187♠  England 3 1 1/5 The Gabba, Brisbane Home 29 November 1946 Won[39]
23 234♠  England 6 2 2/5 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Home 13 December 1946 Won[40]
24 185♠  India 3 1 1/5 The Gabba, Brisbane Home 28 November 1947 Won[41]
25 132♠  India 3 1 3/5 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 1 January 1948 Won[42]
26 127*♠  India 6 3 3/5 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Home 3 January 1948 Won[42]
27 201♠  India 3 1 4/5 Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Home 23 January 1948 Won[43]
28 138♠  England 3 2 1/5 Trent Bridge, Nottingham Away 10 June 1948 Won[44]
29 173*♠  England 3 4 4/5 Headingley, Leeds Away 22 July 1948 Won[45]

HEADINGLEY CRICKET

Notes

  1. ^ Bradman only played international Test cricket matches and not One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals, which were not played at that time.
  2. ^ Calculated from batsmen who have batted a minimum of twenty innings.

References

  1. ^ a b "Laxman, Kumble in Wisden's top ten list". Cricinfo. 26 July 2001. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Armstrong, Geoff (2003). Legends of Cricket. Allen & Unwin. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-86508-836-5. 
  3. ^ Ashley Alexander, Mallett (2001). Eleven: the greatest eleven of the 20th century. University of Queensland Press. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-7022-3258-9. 
  4. ^ National treasures from Australia's great libraries. National Library of Australia. 2005. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-642-27620-9. 
  5. ^ Page, Michael. "Biographical essay by Michael Page". State Library of South Australia. Archived from the original on 20 June 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Sir Donald Bradman". The Telegraph. 27 February 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "DG Bradman – Centuries in Test cricket as captain". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 January 2010. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Most Double Hundreds in a Career". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Most Triple Hundreds in a Career". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  10. ^ "Most hundreds against one team". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Most Runs in a Day". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  12. ^ "Most Runs in an Innings". Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "Most Runs in a Series". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "England v Australia 1936/37". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  15. ^ "Most runs in an innings (by batting position)". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  16. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/518951.html.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  17. ^ "DG Bradman – Centuries in Test matches". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. [permanent dead link]
  18. ^ "Players Batting 30 Innings with 10% Centuries". Howstat. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  19. ^ "Highest Career Batting Average". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  20. ^ "Widen's cricketers of the century". BBC News. 5 April 2000. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  21. ^ "The Legend of "the Don" (TV program transcript)". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 26 February 2001. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  22. ^ "The Ashes (1928/29) – 3rd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  23. ^ "The Ashes (1928/29) – 5th Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  24. ^ "The Ashes (1930) – 1st Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  25. ^ "The Ashes (1930) – 2nd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  26. ^ "The Ashes (1930) – 3rd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  27. ^ "The Ashes (1930) – 5th Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  28. ^ "West Indies in Australia Test Series (1930/31) – 3rd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  29. ^ "West Indies in Australia Test Series (1930/31) – 4th Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  30. ^ "South Africa in Australia Test Series (1931/32) – 1st Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  31. ^ "South Africa in Australia Test Series (1931/32) – 2nd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  32. ^ "South Africa in Australia Test Series (1931/32) – 3rd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  33. ^ "South Africa in Australia Test Series (1931/32) – 4th Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  34. ^ "The Ashes (1932/33) – 2nd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  35. ^ "The Ashes (1934) – 4th Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  36. ^ "The Ashes (1934) – 5th Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  37. ^ "The Ashes (1936/37) – 3rd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  38. ^ "The Ashes (1938) – 4th Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  39. ^ "The Ashes (1946/47) – 1st Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  40. ^ "The Ashes (1946/47) – 2nd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  41. ^ "India in Australia Test Series (1947/48) – 1st Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  42. ^ a b "India in Australia Test Series (1947/48) – 3rd Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  43. ^ "India in Australia Test Series (1947/48) – 4th Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  44. ^ "The Ashes (1948) – 1st Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  45. ^ "The Ashes (1948) – 4th Test". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 

External links

  • Player profile of Bradman at Cricinfo


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