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Blog | By The Old Un | Sep 11, 2018

This August marked a hallowed moment in the history of cricket. England’s game against India on 1st August will be their 1,000th Test match.

August also saw the seventieth anniversary of the most famous duck in Test cricket. Don Bradman (pictured below) went out to bat at the Oval in August 1948, needing only four not out for a Test average of exactly 100.

Having been clapped all the way to the wicket by the capacity crowd and given three cheers by the England team, he was bowled second ball by a relatively unknown spin bowler, Eric Hollies, and walked back to the pavilion in stunned silence.

His final average was locked in at 99.94 for eternity. If only we could all be as imperfect.

Bradman: quiet goes the Don