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Don Bradman
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    (August 27, 1908-February 25, 2001)
    Played cricket for New South Wales, South Australia and Australia
    Test Debut vs England (1928/29 season)
    Played 52 tests for Australia (retired 5th Ashes test, 1948)
    Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1931
    Added to the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 1996
    Knighted for services to cricket in 1949, Appointed Commander of the Order of Australia (AC) 1979 (Australia's highest civil honour)
    Selected as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the Century in 2000
    As a child he practiced batting obsessively, using a cricket stump to hit a golf ball against a water tank for hours on end.
    He had a brief and unsuccessful attempt at a tennis career.
    In his first series representing Australia, he was heavily criticized for the flaws he had in his batting style.
    In his final innings, he required a score of only four runs to achieve a batting average of 100 but was dismissed for zero, thus leaving him with a career batting average of 99.94.
    He was accused of showing anti-Catholicism in his actions as captain and later as an Australian selector.
    Within three years of playing international cricket, he had perfected his batting style; his play was technically flawless and he was without peer as a batsman.
    He raised the spirits of the Australian nation during its economic depression of the 30s.
    His statistical achievements were unparalleled, including his international highest score of 334 standing for decades as the highest ever test score by an Australian, and being the only player ever to have scored two triple centuries.
    In his final international tour, he captained the Australian team dubbed 'the invincibles' through an undefeated tour of England, a feat that has not been matched since.
    His career batting average of 99.94 from 52 tests is near perfect, and nearly double the average of any other player before or since.
    He dominated the game so much that his opponents were forced to devise new and dangerous bowling techniques to combat him, techniques that revolutionized cricket and it's rules.
    Statistical analyses give some credence to the claim that Bradman dominated his sport more than Pelé, Ty Cobb, Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan in their respective sports.
    He is universally regarded as the greatest cricketer in history.
    He has an entire museum devoted to him (The Don Bradman Museum), displaying memorabilia from his cricketing days.
    An anonymous Australian buyer purchased Bradman's 'baggy green' worn in his first test for £175 000, so that it could be brought back to Australia for display at the Bradman Museum.
    He wrote several books on cricket technique and tactics, which are regarded as classics.

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