Donald Bradman - the greatest batsman of all time!
Sir Donald George Bradman, often known as ‘The Don’, was an Australian cricket player, widely regarded as the greatest batsman of all time. He has been the subject of more biographies than any other Australian apart from Ned Kelly.
He was born Donald George Bradman on 27th August 1908 in Cootamundra, NSW, Australia.
As a boy he invented his own game, using a cricket stump for a bat and a golf ball, which developed his skill and timing.
Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, Bradman was by far the world’s best cricketer. In 1930 he scored 974 runs in the series, 309 of them during one incredible display at Headingley.
The English team were so scared of Bradman that in 1932-33 they devised a style of bowling called ‘bodyline’, since damned as unsportsmanlike and dangerous.
Following the hiatus of World War II, Bradman made a dramatic return to the game, captaining an Australian side known as ‘The Invincibles’ on a record-breaking unbeaten tour of England.
Donald died on 25th February 2001 in Kensington Park, SA, Australia.
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