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Sir Donald George Bradman
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Cricket's greatest batsman and Australian ICON was born in Cootamundra, NSW, on 27th August, 1908. Bradman was educated at Bowral, the home of the Bradman Museum.

He played his first Test for Australia against England in 1928-29. In that series he scored two centuries.

Bradman scored his first Test century aged twenty and in 1930 hit 309 runs in a day. He scored 974 runs over seven innings, an average of 139.14.

In 1930, playing for NSW against England, he scored 452 runs not out, in 415 minutes.

The English team of the 1932-33 series devised the 'bodyline' tactics to try to combat the Bradman factor and succeeded in holding him to less runs scored than normally he would have.

In 1934? (6) he was made Australian captain and was knighted in 1949 for services to cricket.

His play inspired the popular song of the 30s - 'Our Don Bradman'.

Before retiring he led Australia on the famous undefeated tour to England in 1948.

'The Don' has an amazing 99.94 Test batting average which will probably never be equalled, although current Australian Test captain Mark Taylor recently equalled Bradman's Australian record of 344 runs in an innings.

His 52 Test appearances produced 6,996 runs.

Sir Donald served as chairman of the Australian Board of Control for International Cricket for two terms, 1960-63 and 1969-72.

He has written several books, with The Art Of Cricket in 1958 being a favourite.

With the passing away of his wife Lady Jessie, in September 1997, Sir Donald lives quietly in Adelaide. Lady Jessie played a role in fighting for sick babies and in April, 1999, a new variety of pansy was named in her honour - the Lady Jessie Bradman pansy.

In the year 2000 the Olympic Torch will pass through his birthplace of Cootamundra as it wends its way around Australia to the opening ceremony at Stadium Australia on September 15th.


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