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Sir Donald Bradman
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Personal information
Full name Donald George Bradman
Born 27 August 1908(1908-08-27)
Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia
Died 25 February 2001(2001-02-25) (aged 92)
Kensington Park, South Australia, Australia
Nickname The Don, The Boy from Bowral, Braddles
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg break
Role Batsman
International information
National side Australia
Test debut (cap 124) 30 November 1928 v England
Last Test 18 August 1948 v England
Domestic team information
Years Team
1927–34 New South Wales
1935–49 South Australia
Career statistics
Competition Tests FC
Matches 52 234
Runs scored 6,996 28,067
Batting average 99.94 95.14
100s/50s 29/13 117/69
Top score 334 452*
Balls bowled 160 2114
Wickets 2 36
Bowling average 36.00 37.97
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/8 3/35
Catches/stumpings 32/– 131/1
Source: Cricinfo, 16 August 2007

Sir Donald George Bradman, AC (27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001), often referred to as "The Don", was an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest Test batsman of all time. Bradman's career Test batting average of 99.94 is often cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport.

The story that the young Bradman practised alone with a cricket stump and a golf ball is part of Australian folklore. Bradman's meteoric rise from bush cricket to the Australian Test team took just over two years. Before his 22nd birthday, he had set many records for top scoring, some of which still stand, and became Australia's sporting idol at the height of the Great Depression.

During a 20-year playing career, Bradman consistently scored at a level that made him, in the words of former Australia captain Bill Woodfull, "worth three batsmen to Australia". A controversial set of tactics, known as Bodyline, was specifically devised by the England team to curb his scoring. As a captain and administrator, Bradman was committed to attacking, entertaining cricket; he drew spectators in record numbers. He hated the constant adulation, however, and it affected how he dealt with others. The focus of attention on his individual performances strained relationships with some team-mates, administrators and journalists, who thought him aloof and wary. Following an enforced hiatus due to the Second World War, he made a dramatic comeback, captaining an Australian team known as "The Invincibles" on a record-breaking unbeaten tour of England.

A complex, highly driven man, not given to close personal relationships, Bradman retained a pre-eminent position in the game by acting as an administrator, selector and writer for three decades following his retirement. Even after he became reclusive in his declining years his opinion was highly sought, and his status as a national icon was still recognised—more than 50 years after his retirement as a Test player, in 2001, the Australian Prime Minister John Howard called him the "greatest living Australian". Bradman's image has appeared on postage stamps and coins, and a museum dedicated to his life was opened while he was still living. On the centenary of his birth, 27 August 2008, the Royal Australian Mint issued a $5 commemorative gold coin with Bradman's image, and on 19 November 2009, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.


Batsmen with a Test batting average above 50 vte
Australia Donald Bradman (99.94) • Greg Chappell (53.86) • Michael Clarke (52.96) • Ricky Ponting (51.85) • Jack Ryder (51.62) • Michael Hussey (51.52) • Steve Waugh (51.06) • Matthew Hayden (50.73) • Allan Border (50.56)
England Herbert Sutcliffe (60.73) • Eddie Paynter (59.23) • Ken Barrington (58.67) • Wally Hammond (58.45) • Jack Hobbs (56.94) • Len Hutton (56.67) • Ernest Tyldesley (55.00) • Denis Compton (50.06)
India Cheteshwar Pujara (65.55) • Sachin Tendulkar (53.78) • Vinod Kambli (54.20) • Rahul Dravid (52.31) • Sunil Gavaskar (51.12)
Pakistan Javed Miandad (52.57) • Mohammad Yousuf (52.29) • Younus Khan (50.74)
South Africa Graeme Pollock (60.97) • Jacques Kallis (56.10) • Dudley Nourse (53.81) • Hashim Amla (52.11) • AB de Villiers (50.50)
Sri Lanka Kumar Sangakkara (55.80)
West Indies * George Headley (60.83) • Everton Weekes (58.61) • Garfield Sobers (57.78) • Clyde Walcott (56.68) • Charlie Davis (54.20) • Brian Lara (53.17) • Shivnarine Chanderpaul (51.67) • Viv Richards (50.23)
Zimbabwe Andy Flower (51.54)

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