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Don Bradman, the ‘prince of batsmen’

1. Extract from That’s Cricket (1931)

W.M Woodfull, Captain of the Australian 11 introduces other members of the Australian team, including Don Bradman, Alan Kippax, W.H. Ponsford, Clarrie Grimmett, Stan McCabe and W.A. Oldfied each of whom demonstrates techniques of the game.

Includes scenes from a 1905 Pathe Gazette, The 1921 Test and Don Bradman in Action.

NFSA: 11010 Documentary courtesy National Film and Sound Archive

2. Extract from Don Bradman in England (1938)

Australian cricketer Don Bradman is interviewed in England and speaks about Jack Hobbs. Bradman also demonstrates various strokes and his batting technique. 

Bradman is Australia’s greatest batsman and one of the best cricketers in the sport’s history. His test batting average of 99.94 is still the highest in the world and is unlikely to be beaten. On 29 December 1928 Don Bradman scored his first international test century in a game against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

NFSA: 14748 Documentary courtesy National Film and Sound Archive


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