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In pics: the 'don' of cricket

  • In pics: the 'don' of cricket
  • Bradman batted for the final time in a match for the Prime Minister's XI against England in Canberra in 1963. But he could only contribute four runs. (Getty Images)
  • In pics: the 'don' of cricket
  • Bradman found the perfect match in Marries Jessie Menzies and the two got married in Sydney in 1932. (Getty Images)
  • In pics: the 'don' of cricket
  • The journey of the Don of cricket ended when he died in 2001 at his Kensington Park home in Adelaide. (Getty Images)
  • In pics: the 'don' of cricket
  • Donald George Bradman was born in the small country town of Cootamundra in New South Wales on August 27, 1908. He scored his first century at the age of 12 in 1920 while playing for the Bowral Intermediate High School. He started to feature regularly for his school side, which included Bill O'Reilly, the future Australian leg-spinning great and finished the season with 1318 runs at 101.3. (Getty Images)
  • In pics: the 'don' of cricket
  • Bradman made his first-class debut for New South Wales in 1927-28, scoring 118 in Adelaide on the same day Bill Ponsford captured the first-class world record of 437. But his first outing in Tests the next season didn't go off with a bang as he only managed 18 and 1 as Aussie got a 675-run thrashing from the hands of England. But Bradman came out roaring in the third game, after being dropped for the second, by scoring 79 and 112. (Getty Images)
  • In pics: the 'don' of cricket
  • On his first tour to England in 1930, Bradman had a flood of runs. By the end of the five Tests he had accumulated 974 runs, including the then world record 334 at Headingley, 254 at Lord's, 232 at The Oval and 131 at Trent Bridge. Beginning with 236 at Worcester, he had 1000 runs by the end of May and finished with 2690, the most by any Australian batsman in a season. He was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1931 for his performance against England the previous summer. (Getty Images)
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  • Then came the famous 'Bodyline series' in 1932-33 that halved Bradman's average to 56.67 per innings. He missed the first Test with illness and scored a duck in the first innings of the second before making a 103 not out in the second essay, his only century of the five-match series. England won the series 4-1. (Getty Images)
  • In pics: the 'don' of cricket
  • Bradman had moved from New South Wales to South Australia in 1934. He was chosen as vice-captain under Bill Woodfull for the England tour in the same year. The 5-feet-7-inch dynamite repeated his Leeds triple-century with an astonishing 304. While hitting another double ton (244) at The Oval, he also strung a world-record partnership for the second wicket with Ponsford (226). (Getty Images)
  • In pics: the 'don' of cricket
  • He became a national selector in 1936-37 and played his first series as skipper. Though he lost the first two games, scores of 270, 212 and 169 helped him winning the next three. (Getty Images)
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  • With fibrositis surfacing for the second time in 1945-46, it was in the air that the disease could end Bradman's career. But defying the opinions of his doctors, he returned to action for the series against England and came out with flying colours, scoring 187 in Brisbane, which was followed by 234 in the next match in Sydney. (Getty Images)
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  • Bradman notched up his 100th first-class century against the touring Indians, reaching 172 at the SCG in 1947-48. He led the invincibles for the last time on their tour to England in 1948. The Aussies remained unbeaten in the five-match series, with Bradman racking up 173 not out in the then world-record chase in the fourth Test at Leeds. In the last match at The Oval, his unfortunate fourth-ball duck left him with an average of 99.94, when he needed to score just four for a career average of 100. (Getty Images)
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  • He was elected as the chairman of the Australian Board of Control in 1960 and held the position for one three-year term, repeating the assignment in 1969. He was part of the board from September 1945 to 1979. (Getty Images)
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  • He was named one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Century in 2000 alo of cricket ended when he died in 2001 at his Kensington Park home in Adelaide. (Getty Images)
  • In pics: the 'don' of cricket
  • He attended the opening ceremony of the Bradman Stand at the SCG in 1974 and was inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame at the MCG in 1996. (Getty Images)
  • In pics: the 'don' of cricket
  • He continued his great run of form in the 1931-32 home season with scores of 226, 112, 2, 167 and 299 not out against South Africa. He could not bat in the final Test of the five-match series because of a twisted ankle. (Getty Images)
  • In pics: the 'don' of cricket
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