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Introduction Donald Bradman was without a doubt the greatest cricket batsman of all time He was widely known especially in Australia as a sporting hero Donald Bradman began his cricket training at a very early age and in a very unusual manner and this is where he got his sharp eye and remarkable reflexes His international career spanned for nearly 21 years with his batting averages being unmatched still to this day and although an Australian his achievements are recognised world-wide He was a remarkable sportsman and will always be remembered for his contributions and extraordinary achievements in cricket Personal Background Donald George Bradman was born on the 27th of August 1908 in Cootamundra a small town in NSW He was born at 89 Adam Street in a birth house by the midwife Ellen Schultz He was the youngest of 5 children of George and Emily Bradman He had one brother Victor and three sisters Islet Lilian and Elizabeth May In 1910 he and his family moved to a neighbouring town Bowral Donald Bradmans father was a carpenter and his mother worked around the house and looked after the children Sadly Donalds mother died in 1944 and his father died in 1961 Donald attended the Bowral Public School and later became known as the boy from Bowral even though he was born in Cootamundra Donalds father was a keen cricketer and so Donald was exposed to cricket at a young age He took a big interest in the game and started teaching himself how to play When Donald started school there were no organised sports and none of his school friends lived near him so after school there was a lot of spare time to pass For a game Donald used a cricket stump to hit a golf ball against an 800 gallon water tank over and over this is very hard and maybe where he got his fast
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