Donald Bradman      

Full name Donald George Bradman

Born August 27, 1908, Cootamundra, New South Wales

Died February 25, 2001, Kensington Park, Adelaide, South Australia (aged 92 years 182 days)

Major teams Australia, New South Wales, South Australia

Also known as Sir Donald Bradman

Nickname The Don

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Height 5 ft 7 in

In a nutshell Unquestionably the greatest batsman in the game, arguably the greatest cricketer ever, and one of the finest sportsmen of all time, Don Bradman was so far ahead of the competition as to render comparisons meaningless and to transcend the game he graced. More

Donald George Bradman
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 52 80 10 6996 334 99.94 29 13 6 32 0
First-class 234 338 43 28067 452* 95.14 117 69 131 1
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 52 9 160 72 2 1/8 1/15 36.00 2.70 80.0 0 0 0
First-class 234 2114 1367 36 3/35 37.97 3.87 58.7 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 30-Dec 5, 1928 scorecard
Last Test England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 14-18, 1948 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1927/28 - 1948/49

Sir Donald Bradman of Australia was, beyond any argument, the greatest batsman who ever lived and the greatest cricketer of the 20th century. Only WG Grace, in the formative years of the game, even remotely matched his status as a player. And The Don lived on into the 21st century, more than half a century after he retired. In that time, his reputation not merely as a player but as an administrator, selector, sage and cricketing statesman only increased. His contribution transcended sport; his exploits changed Australia's relationship to what used to be called the "mother country".

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Stats analysis

The greatest of them all

In terms of numbers, Don Bradman's achievements are so staggering that many of them will almost certainly never be equalled

    • August 27, 1908
      Small town, big boy
      • Donald George Bradman is born in the small country town of Cootamundra in New South Wales
    • 1920
      High school, high score
      • Scores his first century, aged 12, for the Bowral Intermediate High School, but gets in trouble from the headmaster for leaving a bat behind
    • 1925
      O'Reilly gets a taste of the future
      • Starts playing regularly for Bowral and collects 234 against Wingello, a team which includes Bill O'Reilly, the future Australian legspinning great. Later in the summer he picks up 300 against Moss Vale, finishing the season with 1318 runs at 101.3
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Best Performances
    • 254 v England, Lord's, 1930
      • There were many out-of-this-world performances from Bradman, but this innings at Lord's was the pinnacle, mainly because he said it was. "Practically without exception every ball went where it was intended," Bradman wrote in Farewell to Cricket. It was his second Test of his maiden trip to England and the innings began with the fastest Test fifty of his career, the initial milestone arriving in 45 minutes. Neville Cardus described it as "the most murderous onslaught I have ever known in a Test match". "After tea a massacre, nothing less. Never before this hour, or two hours until close of play, and never since, has a batsman equalled Bradman's cool deliberate murder or spifflication of all bowling." A century came in the final session of the second day and almost 24 hours after it started, the innings ended with Bradman falling to an excellent diving catch at extra cover by Percy Chapman. Bradman, aged 21 and the youngest Test double-century maker, had stayed for 376 balls, piercing 25 fours, and launched a reputation for supreme greatness.
    • 334 v England, Headingley, 1930
      • Two weeks after his best innings, Bradman produced his biggest. The previous highest in the Ashes was Tip Foster's 287 at the SCG in 1903-04, but Bradman beat that by the end of the opening day in Leeds, which concluded with a drive for four through cover. His century came before lunch, another 115 runs were added between the break and tea, and at stumps he walked off with sore feet, a fresh mind and 309. There were a couple of chances, but Sir Pelham Warner said it best: "This is like throwing stones at Gibraltar." A quiet night followed before a more difficult second day, with Bradman edging Maurice Tate to George Duckworth after half an hour. With 974 runs on an astounding tour of records and bowling ruins, Bradman's old, quiet life was over.
    • 103 not out v England, MCG, 1932-33
      • Both England and Australia were pleased Bradman was playing in the second Test. Douglas Jardine was desperate to try his tailor-made Bodyline plan; the home supporters wanted their hero to conquer it. Mass silence came with Bradman's first-ball duck to Bill Bowes in the opening innings, but there was plenty of noise in the second when he steered Australia to a match-winning lead of 250. Even Bradman was uncomfortably against Bodyline, but he jinked and ducked, hooked and pulled, to frustrate the tourists. His century was not secure until after Bert Ironmonger, the No. 11, joined him and survived the two deliveries needed to end Wally Hammond's over. Six balls later Bradman lofted Bill Voce over the legside and the three runs took him to his hundred. It was probably the most important of his career.
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Smith became the fourth batsman to score multiple Ashes double hundreds, Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 3rd day, December 16, 2017

Smith became the fourth batsman to score multiple Ashes double hundreds

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Don Bradman (hand in pocket) watches the practice session

Don Bradman (hand in pocket) watches the practice session

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Dave Roberts poses with an bat of Don Bradman's, Haverford, Pennsylvania, 2015

Dave Roberts poses with an bat of Don Bradman's

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New South Wales Career Span: 1927-28 to 1933-34

South Australia Career Span: 1935-36 to 1948-49

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1931

Australian Cricket Hall of Fame 1996

Knighted for services to cricket 1949

Appointed Commander of the Order of Australia (AC) 1979

Selected as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Century, 2000