Don Bradman's bat: The Don
As long as Australia has Bradman she will be invincible ... It is almost time to request a legal limit on the number of runs Bradman should be allowed to make .
London News Chronicle, 1930
Donald Bradman was born in Cootamundra, New South Wales, in 1908, and grew up in Bowral. He played cricket at school and at 14 became a member of the Bowral Town team. He soon gained a position with the St George club in Sydney, making his state debut in 1927 and his Test debut in 1928.
Bradman played for Australia for 20 years, serving as captain from 1936. He retired at the close of the 1948 'Invincibles' tour.
Bradman is often acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. He still holds the records for the highest career batting average (99.94 runs), the highest percentage of centuries in innings played (36.25%), and the most runs in a series (974 runs against England in 1930).
His meteoric rise, sustained success, and attacking, sometimes flamboyant, play made him a crowd favourite and a national celebrity.
Right: Don Bradman at the wicket at practice, 1932. Photo: Sam Hood, State Library of New South Wales.