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Donald George Bradman

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Year 11 - 10 Modern History Assessment Task Term 1, February 2003 Sir Donald Bradman By Haesang Chung(10XMH) Donald George Bradman was born on 27th August 1908 in a town named Cootamundra, which is located in western New South Wales. Since the age of twelve, he played cricket for his school, and blossomed as a prodigious scorer. He was selected to play Sheffield Shield for New South Wales in 1927, and a year later, he was selected in the Australian Test Team to play in the First Test against England in Brisbane. 'The Boy of Bowral' received tumultuous receptions from the crowd every time and was called for his first tour in England in late 1930, after he impressed the country by scoring a World record 452 runs not out for New South Wales against Queensland at the Sydney Cricket Ground. ...read more.


He was limited to an average of 56.57 runs, which was a high average for most batters, but just a low amount for him. However, he resumed as a prolific scorer until his retirement in 1948, finishing the most dominant and an unrivalled career ever in cricket history by averaging 99.94 runs in Test Matches, including a record of 31 double centuries in First Class Matches. Unfortunately, Bradman's superiority had earned some critics that some say decreases his value to be a national icon. He was sometimes accused of his ruthlessness, anti-Catholic bias and mostly, his individualism. "Others (his ex-teammates) felt that he wasn't always necessarily the greatest team player." - Gerard Henderson, Sydney Institute Executive Director. He also reportedly had off-field feuds with ex-teammates and writers, and showed contempt towards his critics. ...read more.


He hoisted the name of Australia, by lifting the nation's spirit, and reminded all Australians, particularly young men, through his incredible feats, that every Australian is capable of being a hard-working, talented person. This inspiration was needed by Australians because of the mass unemployment in Australia and the Australian sacrifices during World War I. "His wonderful qualities as a man combined with his absolute pre-eminence as a cricketer to make him the best-known and most admired Australian of our times.'' - William Deane, Governer-General Therefore, Sir Donald Bradman, deserves his place as an icon of Australian History. Former Australian cricket captain Richie Benaud described Bradman as "probably the most important Australian of all time" because of his extraordinary skill and aptitude of cricket, when the game for many was a refuge from the desperate misery of the time. Not only he represented Australia and his cricket team, but the world of cricket, as he still is the cricketing colossus. ...read more.

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