Sir Donald George Bradman, “Braddies” as he eventually became known to his teammates, averaged 99.94 runs, making him the greatest Australian cricket player of all time.
Born on August 27, 1908, Don Bradman dedicated his life to being an Australian cricket player. He seemed to have a natural talent for the sport. When he was a child he began practising with makeshift batting equipment. He used a golf ball and a cricket stump as a bat.
At the age of 12, Bradman played for Bowral Public School. He hit his first century up against Mittagong High School. This score catapulted him into favour with the local Bowral team. Impressed with his talent, the New South Wales Cricket Association requested Bradman’s appearance in Sydney for “Country Week”. His astounding performance during these tournaments resulted in an invitation to St. George.
In the 1926-1927 seasons, Bradman played exceptionally, scoring a century on turf wicket. The next season he replaced well –known Archie Jackson, which allowed Bradman to enter into the Adelaide Oval as a first-class player. At age 19, Bradman scored a brilliant 118 for the team.
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His First Test match against England was diminutive, but picked it up by the Third Test and became the youngest cricket player to score a Test century.
In the 1930’s, during the eve of the Great Depression, cricket became a popular and appreciated relief for Australians. Don Bradman’s career was rough throughout this time while playing the Ashes tour. England’s captain, Douglas Jardine, adapted a tactic that was intimidating and physically threatening to players. This “Bodyline” approach allowed players to bowl the cricket ball to the body of the batsman on the line of the leg stump. This method worked.
England won and Bradman’s escalating score dropped to a staggering 56. In 1936, he came back with a vengeance and scored 13 centuries, in one game, against England.
Putting his career on hold, during the Second World War, Bradman joined the Royal Australian Air Force. Within a year he transferred to the army, but this move made him physically weak and ill. He was discharged shortly thereafter. After overcoming his illness, he returned to cricket several years later. In 1948, he played against England at The Oval. It was his last Test. His amazing cricket career ended with an average of 99.94 runs.
The next year he was made a Knight Bachelor, giving him the title of “Sir”. He is hthe only cricket player to be honored with this prestigious title.
In 1949, He was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for his standing in the cricket administration. Even the country’s website has a section about his life.
Here you can find the 2 parts of a short documentary about him :
Sir Don Bradman died at the age of 92 on February 25, 2001 as a distinguished sports legend.