Posts Tagged "Sir Donald Bradman"
Yesterday, I was asked the most impressive person I have ever met during my nearly 50 years in the sporting media. The answer was both simple and instant – Sir Donald Bradman.
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A highlight of my life watching sports events came several decades ago when the Bradman and O’Reilly Stands were opened at the SCG.
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When Michael Clarke opened the bowling with Michael Beer on the second day of the current Test against the West Indies, it was the first time a spinner had done so for Australia in the first innings of a Test match since 1938.
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Rugby league immortality has been hot on everybody’s lips lately. The thirst for a story and the epic performances of Billy Slater and Paul Gallen early in 2012 has everyone hungry for more inductions. Yes, the time has come for another legend to be added to this prestigious group. But we must go back to [...]
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I count myself very fortunate to have seen the two greatest batsmen of all-time in action – Don Bradman, and Sachin Tendulkar.
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Under the heading Shane Warne is still our best spinner, it was also mentioned that he was named one of the five greatest cricketers of the Twentieth Century.
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Noted Australian journalist Malcolm Knox has selected a topical subject for his new cricket book, ‘The Captains’. It was interesting reading the 440-page, well-researched book while watching the Tests on television, as current captain Ricky Ponting struggled with the bat and the calls to sack him grew louder.
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Clarrie Grimmett was born at Dunedin NZ on 25 December 1891. In my opinion, the statistics of his first-class and Test career make a strong (possibly unassailable) case that he was the greatest spin bowler who ever played the game of cricket.
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The first Ashes series I followed was in 1970/71, which as any cricket aficionado would know, was a bittersweet experience for Aussie cricket fans.
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Today isn’t Melbourne Cup day. No, it doesn’t mark the start of the Ashes. The AFL and NRL doesn’t get underway today either. So why is today a milestone day in Australian sport? Well, today marks 200 years since the first organised sporting contest in Australia.
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Sir Donald Bradman’s Test batting average of 99.94 puts him in a league of his own – yet it seems not everyone is convinced of the great Australian’s unquestioned superiority over all other cricketers through the ages.
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As CricInfo is selecting the Best Indian XI, let us pick ours. I will go one step further and select a best Australian XI and a best Indian XI.
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Recently we read some sections of the Sydney media describe Jarryd Hayne’s feats as an equivalent to the late, great, cricket legend, Sir Donald Bradman. I was embarrassed by this comparison.
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It was a warm summer Friday in Adelaide and I had successfully negotiated an important business deal. Three business associates and I were at lunch and into our second bottle of Hill of Grace. In those days this iconic wine was under $30 and affordable.
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In just about every sport there is a man, or woman, who have simply been a cut above the rest. That one special player who personifies everything that their sport represents.
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The International Cricket Council are these days labelled a ‘toothless tiger’ with ‘no get up and go’, who are afraid to make the hard decisions. Not so in 1960.
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For over a hundred years, Australia and England have staged some unforgettable battles for the most coveted prize in Anglo-Australian cricket: The Ashes.
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Australians revel in our sporting prowess. We wallow in it. We’re smug about it. We have woven a national mythology of sporting superiority. Central to this mythology is the axiom that Sir Donald Bradman, the mighty Don, is without doubt the greatest sports person to have walked the planet.
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What about if the best Australian side that I picked in an earlier post on The Roar took on the pride of English cricket over the last 100 years in a hypothetical Test at Lord’s?
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Australian cricket has seen so many champions: Bradman, Simpson, Border, the Chappell brothers, Lillee, Marsh, Spofforth, Trumper. The list goes on. But who would make it into the best Australian XI of all time?
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