The Fourth Test of the 1948 Ashes series was one of five Tests in a
cricket series between Australia and England. Played at Headingley
Stadium at Leeds from 22 to 27 July, for the third time in a row the
match set a new record for the highest attendance at a Test in England.
On the last day, Australia, captained by Don Bradman (pictured), had a
target of 404 to make up, and England had used a heavy roller to break
up the pitch to make batting harder. Although many observers predicted
that England would win easily on a deteriorating surface, Australia put
together a stand of 301 in only 217 minutes, aided by erratic bowling
and several missed catches and stumpings. Australia won the match by
seven wickets with 15 minutes remaining to take an unassailable 3–0
series lead. In successfully chasing a target of 404, they set a new
world record for the highest victorious runchase in Test history.
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