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The Australian cricket team in England in 1948 was captained by Don Bradman, who was making his fourth and final tour of England. The team is famous for being the first Test match side to play an entire tour of England without losing a match. This feat earned them the nickname of The Invincibles, and they are regarded as one of the greatest cricket teams of all time. According to the Australian federal government the team "is one of Australia's most cherished sporting legends".

Including five Test matches, Australia played a total of 31 first-class fixtures, plus three other games, two of the non-first-class matches being played in Scotland. They had a busy schedule, with 112 days of play scheduled in 144 days, meaning that they often played every day of the week except Sunday. Their record in the first-class games was 23 won and 8 drawn; in all matches, they won 25 and drew 9; many of the victories were by large margins. They won the Test series 4–0 with one draw.

The strength of the Australian team was based around its formidable batting line-up, which included Bradman, Arthur Morris, vice-captain Lindsay Hassett, Neil Harvey and Sid Barnes, and the hostile fast bowling of Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller and Bill Johnston.

Due to the popularity of Bradman, generally regarded as the greatest batsman of all time, and the fact that he had announced that it was his farewell international tour, the Australians were greeted with much fanfare across the country, and many records for match attendances were broken. The record for Test attendance at a match in England was broken three times, in the Second, Third and Fourth Tests, and stands to this day.

Touring party

First Test

Flag of England England 165

JC Laker 63
WA Johnston 5/36

& 441

DCS Compton 184
KR Miller 4/125

Australia won by eight wickets

Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Umpires: F Chester, E Cooke

Flag of Australia Australia 509

DG Bradman 138
JC Laker 4/138

& 98/2

SG Barnes 64*
AV Bedser 2/46

Second Test

Flag of Australia Australia 350

AR Morris 105
AV Bedser 4/100

& 460/7 declared

SG Barnes 141
NWD Yardley 2/36

Australia won by 409 runs

Lord's, London
Umpires: CN Woolley, D Davies

Flag of England England 215

DCS Compton 53
RR Lindwall 5/70

& 186

C. Washbrook & HE Dollery 37
ERH Toshack 5/40

Third Test

Flag of England England 363

DCS Compton 145*
RR Lindwall 4/99

& 174/3 declared

C. Washbrook 85*
ERH Toshack 1/26

Drawn

Old Trafford, Manchester
Umpires: D Davies, F Chester

Flag of Australia Australia 221

AR Morris 51
AV Bedser 4/81

& 92/1

AR Morris 54*
JA Young 1/31

Fourth Test

Flag of England England 496

C. Washbrook 143
SJ Loxton 3/55

& 365/8 declared

DCS Compton 66
WA Johnston 4/95

Australia won by seven wickets

Headingley, Leeds
Umpires: F Chester, HG Baldwin

Flag of Australia Australia 458

RN Harvey 112
AV Bedser 3/92

& 404/3

AR Morris 182
K Cranston 1/28

Fifth Test

Flag of England England 52

L Hutton 30
RR Lindwall 6/20

& 188

L Hutton 64
WA Johnston 4/40

Australia won by an innings and 149 runs

The Oval, London
Umpires: D Davies, HG Baldwin

Flag of Australia Australia 389

AR Morris 196
WE Hollies 5/131


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