Don Bradman is probably the biggest name in the history of test cricket, which was part of the early era. His stats and career are just a dream for other cricketers. Bradman retired as the legend of the game. Bradman made his test debut in December 1928 against England in Brisbane but scored only 19 runs in the game.
Later, he played 52 tests in his career and scored 6996 runs at an extraordinary average of 99.94. He also smashed 29 centuries and 13 half-centuries, with a best of 334. Bradman crossed the 200-run mark in an inning 12 times, which is an “all-time” record. We will discuss his double centuries in this article below.
Don Bradman Double Century in Test Cricket
|254||England||Lord’s||27 June 1930|
|334||England||Leeds||11 July 1930|
|232||England||The Oval||16 August 1930|
|223||West Indies||Brisbane||16 January 1931|
|226||South Africa||Brisbane||27 November 1931|
|299*||South Africa||Adelaide||29 January 1932|
|304||England||Leeds||20 July 1934|
|244||England||The Oval||18 August 1934|
|270||England||Melbourne||1 January 1937|
|212||England||Adelaide||29 January 1937|
|234||England||Sydney||13 December 1946|
|201||India||Adelaide||23 January 1948|
1. Don Bradman – 254 vs England in 1934
The 1930 Ashes series in England saw three double centuries by Bradman. His maiden one came in the second test, when he scored 254 in the first inning. England made 425 and 375, while Australia replied with 729/6d and 72/3 and won by 7 wickets.
2. Don Bradman – 334 vs England in 1934
In the third game of the 1930 Ashes in Leeds, Bradman scored his maiden triple century and became only the second player to do so. Australia scored 566 in the first inning, and Bradman scored 334 with 46 boundaries. England scored 391 and 95/3 when the game ended in a draw.
3. Don Bradman – 232 vs England in 1934
In the fifth game of the 1930 Ashes at the Oval, Bradman scored his third double century. Australia batted once and scored 695 runs, with the legend scoring 232 runs. England managed 405 and 251 in two innings and lost by an inning and 39 runs.
4. Don Bradman – 223 vs West Indies in 1931
The next double century came in January 1931 against West Indies in Brisbane. It was the third game of five tests. Australia played once and made 558, with Bradman making 223 off 297 with 24 boundaries. West Indies got dismissed for 193 and 148 in two innings, and Australia won by an inning and 217 runs.
5. Don Bradman – 226 vs South Africa in 1931
Bradman scored his fifth double hundred against South Africa in November–December 1931 in Brisbane. It was the first of the five tests. Australia scored 450 runs in the first inning, with Bradman scoring 226 runs. South Africa made 170 and 117 in two innings and lost by an inning and 163 runs.
6. Don Bradman – 299 not out vs South Africa in 1931
The Australian legend scored his sixth double century against South Africa again in the same series where he scored his fifty. It was the fourth game of five tests at Adelaide Oval. South Africa made 308 and 274 in two innings. Australia replied with 513 and 73/0 to win by 10 wickets. Bradman was unfortunate to miss a triple century and remained unbeaten on 299 in the first inning.
7. Don Bradman – 304 vs England in 1934
Bradman scored his seventh double and second triple century in July 1934, in the fourth game of the Ashes in Leeds. It was a drawn game. England made 200 and 229/6, and Australia scored 584. Bradmand scored 304 with 43 fours and two sixes.
8. Don Bradman – 244 vs England in 1934
The eighth double century for the Australian legend came in the fifth game of the 1934 Ashes against England at the Oval. This game was a record-breaking match, as Australia won it by a massive 562 runs. Australia made 701 and 327 in two innings, and England replied with 321 and 145. Bradman scored 244 off 271 in the first inning.
9. Don Bradman – 270 vs England in 1937
The ninth overall and first double century as a captain for Don Bradman came in the third test of the 1936–37 Ashes at the MCG. Australia made 200/9d and 564 in two innings. Bradman scored 270 runs in the second inning. England replied with 76/9d and 323 runs and lost the game by 365 runs.
10. Don Bradman – 212 vs England in 1937
Bradman scored his tenth double century in the fourth game of the 1936–37 Ashes series at Adelaide Oval. Australia made 288 and 433 in two innings, and Bradman scored 212 in the second inning. England replied with 330 and 243, and Australia won the game by 148 runs.
11. Don Bradman – 234 vs England in 1946
Bradman reached his 11th double century in the second test of the 1946–47 Ashes in Sydney. Australia batted once, scored 659/8, and declared the inning. The Australian legend scored 234 runs with 24 boundaries. England only reached 255 and 371 in two innings and lost by an inning and 33 runs.
12. Don Bradman – 201 vs India in 1948
The last and 12th double century for Sir Don Bradman came in January 1948 against India. It was the fourth game of the five tests at Adelaide Oval. Batting first, Australia made 674 runs, and Bradman scored 201 with 21 fours and one six. In reply, India reached 381 and 277 and lost the game by an inning and 16 runs.