Posts Tagged "Don Bradman"

With the Ashes starting in Brisbane next week, all the talk at this stage is around who will and won’t feature in the first Test.

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Individual performances are memorable in Ashes cricket history and it’s often easy to forget just how important partnerships are in the game of cricket.

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Sir Don Bradman’s 334 against England at Headingley in 1930 was the highest Test score ever by an Australian batsman.

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There was a time in Australian cricket when the bowlers bowled and the batsmen batted. Unfortunately, this shameful mark on our history can never be changed.

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August 14, 1948. The Oval Cricket Ground, Surrey, London, United Kingdom. The fifth and final Ashes Test of the summer.

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Every controversy has opposing camps. While it is natural to glide almost unconsciously into one of them, it is prudent to know and possibly appreciate the other side’s argument. The Don Bradman-Jack Fingleton rift is one of the most intriguing chapters in cricket history.

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The Summer of 1948 was a truly unique one.

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Apologies for talking cricket in a rugby league season where there’s been so many superb games, especially the golden pointers.

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Adam Voges hasn’t worn the baggy green since November last year, but at 37 he’s called it a day internationally after an extraordinary career.

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“I tell you the greatest cricketer of them all was Trumpeter!”

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The moon was visible in Bellerive during the first minutes of Tuesday, in among the cloud.

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Steve Waugh once called Muralitharan (who enters the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame this year) ‘the Donald Bradman of bowlers’.

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Remember the famous or rather infamous Bodyline series of 1932-33? The greatest English bowler of the day, Harold Larwood, bowled at a blistering estimated speed of over 90 miles per hour and totally decimated his Australian opponents.

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In the past a six was a rarity – especially in Test matches. Don Bradman hit only six sixes in 52 Tests.

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The image of a young Donald Bradman wacking a golf ball against a water-tank with a stump is one of the most iconic in Australian sport. Two of the best batsmen around today tried to see if the could emulate the great Don, and they fell well short.

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Finally, after four teams of amazing Aussie cricketers, comes the final part of the series – the best team of cricketers Australia has ever produced.

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Australian skipper Steve Smith and England all-rounder Joe Root are not only the most successful of the current Test batsmen, but the most exciting.

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Anyone who had the privilege to know Arthur Morris was richer for the experience.

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In the final Test of an ill-fated Ashes campaign at the Oval, Michael Clarke captains Australia for the last time after announcing his retirement from Test cricket last week.

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England convincingly defeating Australia in two-and-a-half days in the Birmingham Test made me go for a walk down memory lane.

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