Beaten in two days by an innings and 122 runs in the fourth Test match, West Indies gave their most disappointing batting display of the whole tour. On a pitch that seemed in perfectly good order they made a fair start but Ironmonger brought about an astonishing collapse and in the second innings also bowled with considerable success. Altogether Ironmonger took eleven wickets for 79 and fairly shared with Bradman the chief honours of Australia's easy victory. Thanks to Woodfull and Bradman, Australia led by 98 at the end of the first day for the loss of Ponsford - dismissed at 50. Following upon rain in the night, Australia continued batting until three o'clock when the closure was applied with eight wickets down for 328. Woodfull lost his wicket over an ill-judged run when the second partnership had realised 212, but Bradman - 92 overnight - went on batting brilliantly. Altogether at the wickets for four hours and three-quarters, Bradman hit fifteen 4's. West Indies, although six men reached double figures, never looked like taking the match into the third day.
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