Australian cricketer. From 52 Test matches he averaged 99.94 runs per innings, the highest average in Test history. He only needed four runs from his final Test innings to average 100 but was dismissed second ball. In April 2000, he was voted to be the greatest cricketer of the 20th century by the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.
Test cricket (1928–48) appearances: 52; runs: 6,996; average: 99.94; not out: 10; 100s: 29; best: 334 (v. England 1930); catches: 32
All first-class cricket (1927–49) appearances: 234; runs: 28,067; average: 95.14; not out: 43; 100s: 117; best: 452 not out (v. Queensland 1930); catches: 131
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1931
Wisden Cricketer of the 20th Century awarded 2000
Bradman was born in Cootamundra, New South Wales, and brought up in Bowral, New South Wales. He came to prominence at an early age, and made his Test debut in 1928. He played for Australia for 20 years and was captain 1936–48. As captain he did not lose a Test series, and retained the Ashes four times.
He twice scored triple centuries against England and in 1930 scored 452 not out for New South Wales against Queensland, the highest first-class innings until 1959. In 1989 a Bradman Museum was opened in his home town.
He was knighted for services to cricket in 1949 and appointed Commander of the Order of Australia in 1979.
Bradman, Don(ald George)
The Legend of Sir Donald Bradman