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Donald Bradman

Date of Birth:
27 August 1908

Date of Death:
25 February 2001

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Sir Donald George Bradman, AC , often called The Don, was an Australian cricketer, generally acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. Later in his career he was an administrator and writer on the game. Bradman is one of Australia's most popular sporting heroes, and his feats are held in the highest esteem by people all over the world; he had an "astonishing international reputation". His career Test batting average of 99.94 has been assessed as the greatest statistical performance in any major sport.

The story of the young Bradman practising 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 high scoring, some of which stand even today, and became Australia's sporting idol at the height of the Great Depression. A controversial set of tactics, known as Bodyline, was devised by the England team to curb his batting brilliance.

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