Donald Bradman played cricket, he would also hit a Golf ball with a cricket stumo against a water tank.
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Donald George Bradman was born on 27 August 1908 in Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia. One of Australia's most popular sporting heroes, he is often regarded as the greatest batsman of all time. The Bradman Museum and Bradman Oval are located in the New South Wales town of Bowral, where Bradman grew up, spending many an hour practising his cricket using a stump and a golf ball. Bradman developed his legendary split-second speed and accuracy by practising hitting into a water tank on a brick stand behind the Bradman home: when hit into the curved brick stand, the ball would rebound at high speed and varying angles. Bradman's batting average of 99.94 from his 52 Tests was nearly double the average of any other player before or since.Bradman was drafted in grade cricket in Sydney at the age of 18. Within a year he was representing New South Wales and within three he had made his Test debut. In the English summer of 1930 he scored 974 runs over the course of the five Ashes tests, the highest individual total in any test series. Even at almost forty years of age - most players today are retired by their mid-thirties - Bradman returned to play cricket after World War II. On 12 June 1948, he scored 138 in the First Test Cricket at Trent Bridge. In his farewell 1948 tour of England the team he led, dubbed "The Invincibles", went undefeated throughout the tour, a feat unmatched to date.Bradman was awarded a knighthood in 1949 and a Companion of the Order of Australia, the country's highest civil honour, in 1979. In 1996, he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame as one of the ten innaugural members. After his retirement, he remained heavily involved in cricket administration, serving as a selector for the national team for nearly 30 years. Sir Donald Bradman died on 25 February 2001. Source: today.wmit.net - August 27
Donald Bradman was the youngest son of George and Emily (née Whatman) Bradman, and was born on 27 August 1908 at cootamundra new south wales, New South Wales (NSW).Donald bradman#cite_note Birth 9 He had a brother, Victor, and three sisters-Islet, Lilian and Elizabeth May.Donald bradman#cite_note Birth 9 When Bradman was about two-and-a-half years old, his parents moved to bowral new south wales in the southern highlands new south wales.Donald bradman#cite_note Birth 9Bradman practised batting incessantly during his youth. He invented his own solo cricket game, using a stump cricket for a cricket bat 1, and a golf ball.Donald bradman#cite_note 10 A water tank, mounted on a curved brick stand, stood on a paved area behind the family home. When hit into the curved brick facing of the stand, the ball rebounded at high speed and varying angles-and Bradman would attempt to hit it again. This form of practice developed his timing and reactions to a high degree.Donald bradman#cite_note 11 In more formal cricket, he hit his first century cricket at the age of 12, playing for Bowral Public School against mittagong new south wales High School.Donald bradman#cite_note Foundation 12Bush cricketerIn 1920-21, Bradman acted as scoring cricket for the local Bowral team, captained by his uncle George Whatman. In October 1920, he filled in when the team was one man short, scoring 37 not out and 29 not out on debut. During the season, Bradman's father took him to the sydney cricket ground (SCG) to watch the fifth the ashes test cricket. On that day, Bradman formed an ambition. "I shall never be satisfied", he told his father, "until I play on this ground".Donald bradman#cite_note 13 Bradman left school in 1922 and went to work for a local real estate agent who encouraged his sporting pursuits by giving him time off when necessary. He gave up cricket in favour of tennis for two years, but resumed playing cricket in 1925-26.Donald bradman#cite_note BDLEssay 14Bradman became a regular selection for the Bowral team; several outstanding performances earned him the attention of the Sydney daily press. Competing on cricket pitch, Bowral played other rural towns in the berrima new south wales competition. Against wingello new south wales, a team that included the future test cricket bowler bill o reilly cricketer, Bradman made 234.Donald bradman#cite_note Sportsfactor 3Donald bradman#cite_note B320 15 In the competition final against moss vale new south wales, which extended over five consecutive Saturdays, Bradman scored 320 not out.Donald bradman#cite_note Foundation 12 During the following Australian winter (1926), an ageing Australian cricket team in England in 1926 lost The Ashes in England, and a number of Test players retired.Donald bradman#cite_note 16 The new south wales cricket association began a hunt for new talent. Mindful of Bradman's big scores for Bowral, the association wrote to him, requesting his attendance at a practice session in Sydney. He was subsequently chosen for the "Country Week" tournaments at both cricket and tennis, to be played during separate weeks. His boss presented him with an ultimatum: he could have only one week away from work, and therefore had to choose between the two sports.Donald bradman#cite_note BDLEssay 14 He chose cricket. Bradman's performances during Country Week resulted in an invitation to play sydney grade cricket in Sydney for st george cricket club in the 1926-27 season. He scored 110 on his debut, making his first century on a cricket pitch.Donald bradman#cite_note 17 On 1 January 1927, he turned out for the NSW second team. For the remainder of the season, Bradman travelled the 130 kilometres (81 mi) from Bowral to Sydney every Saturday to play for St George.Donald bradman#cite_note B320 15England were favourites to win the 1930 Ashes series,Donald bradman#cite_note 30 and if the Australians were to exceed expectations, their young batsmen, Bradman and Jackson, needed to prosper. With his elegant batting technique, Jackson appeared the brighter prospect of the pair.Donald bradman#cite_note 31 However, Bradman began the tour with 236 at new road worcester and went on to score 1,000 first-class runs by the end of May, the fifth player (and first Australian) to achieve this rare feat.Donald bradman#cite_note 32 In his first Test appearance in England, Bradman hit 131 in the second innings but England won the match. His batting reached a new level in the Second Test at lord s cricket ground where he scored 254 as Australia won and levelled the series. Later in life, Bradman rated this the best innings of his career as, "practically without exception every ball went where it was intended to go".Donald bradman#cite_note CricinfoLords 33 wisden cricketers almanack noted his fast footwork and how he hit the ball "all round the wicket with power and accuracy", as well as faultless concentration in keeping the ball on the ground.Donald bradman#cite_note 34In terms of runs scored, this performance was soon surpassed. In the Third Test, at headingley stadium, Bradman scored a century before lunch on the first day of the Test match to equal the performances of victor trumper and charlie macartney.Donald bradman#cite_note 35 In the afternoon, Bradman added another century between lunch and tea, before finishing the day on 309 not out. He remains the only Test player to pass 300 in one day's play.Donald bradman#cite_note 36 His eventual score of 334 was a world-record, exceeding the previous mark of 325 by Andy sandham.Donald bradman#cite_note 37 Bradman dominated the Australian innings; the second-highest tally was 77 by Alan kippax. Businessman Arthur Whitelaw later presented Bradman with a cheque for £1,000 in appreciation of his achievement.Donald bradman#cite_note 38 The match ended in anti-climax as poor weather prevented a result, as it had done in the Fourth Test.In the deciding Test at the oval, England made 405. During an innings stretching over three days due to intermittent rain, Bradman made yet another multiple century, this time 232, which helped give Australia a big lead of 290 runs. In a crucial glossary of cricket terms with Archie Jackson, Bradman battled through a difficult session when England fast bowling Harold larwood bowled bouncer game on a pitch enlivened by the rain. Wisden gave this period of play only a passing mention:Donald bradman#cite_note 39On the Wednesday morning the ball flew about a good deal, both batsmen frequently being hit on the body ... on more than one occasion each player cocked the ball up dangerously but always, as it happened, just wide of the fieldsmen.
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