Who was Sir Donald George Bradman? Google Doodle pays tribute to legendary Australian batsman

SIR Donald Bradman, often known simply as 'The Don', is one of the greatest and most revered sportsman of all time.

The Australian is being honoured with a Google Doodle on what would have been his 110th birthday. Here's the story of the iconic batsman.

 Donald Bradman retired from Test cricket with a batting average of 99.94

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Donald Bradman retired from Test cricket with a batting average of 99.94

Who was Sir Donald Bradman?

Every cricket fan around the world knows Bradman's name and the reason is simple — to many he is the greatest batsman to have ever played cricket.

Born in rural New South Wales in 1908, Bradman spent the first two years of his life in the town of Cootamundra and his family home is now the Bradman Birthplace Museum.

Bradman famously practiced his cricketing skills non-stop in his youth. A commonly told story is of how the youngster would use a cricket stump for a bat and a golf ball to hone his skills.

In 1922 he left school and went to work as a real estate agent but it was cricket which was his true passion.

He began playing for Bowral, his local cricket club and soon became the talk of the New South Wales media with his impressive scores.

At the age of just 19, he made his first-class debut for NSW against South Australia naturally hitting a hundred on debut.

A call-up to the Australia Test team followed soon after and it was on the 1930 tour to England where Bradman truly established his name.

With scores of 131, 254, 334 (then a world record) and 232, Bradman utterly dominated a series England were favourites to win.

In all Bradman scored 974 runs in the series at an average of just under 140.

 The Don held the world record at one time for the highest Test score

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The Don held the world record at one time for the highest Test score

A sparkling career followed and when it came to Bradman's final Test in 1948, fittingly in England the country whom he produced his best performances again, he needed just four runs in his final innings to record a Test average of over 100.

Remarkably, he was bowled off just his second delivery by Eric Hollies and was out for duck meaning his average at the end of his career was an agonising 99.94.

His final Test record stood at 52 matches played, 6,996 runs scored with 29 centuries and a top score of 334.

When he retired from the game Bradman pursued numerous ventures including writing and a stockbroking business.

In 1979 he was awarded the Order of Australia, the second-highest civilian honour at the time.

Bradman's wife Jessie died in 1997 and the following year Bradman turned 90.

After being hospitalised in December 2000 after a bout of pneumonia and died on February 25, 2001, at the age of 92.

Bradman's legacy still lives on in cricket and fellow greats such as Sachin Tendulkar, Steve Smith, Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara have all paid homage to him throughout their careers.

 

What is a Google Doodle?

In 1998, the search engine founders Larry and Sergey drew a stick figure behind the second 'o' of Google as a message to that they were out of office at the Burning Man festival and with that, Google Doodles were born.

The company decided that they should decorate the logo to mark cultural moments and it soon became clear that users really enjoyed the change to the Google homepage.

 Google celebrated the Autumn Equinox with a themed doodle

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Google celebrated the Autumn Equinox with a themed doodle

In that same year, a turkey was added to Thanksgiving and two pumpkins appeared as the 'o's for Halloween the following year.

Now, there is a full team of doodlers, illustrators, graphic designers, animators and classically trained artists who help create what you see on those days.

Among the Doodles published in past months were designs commemorating German scientist Robert Koch, Jan Ingenhousz (who discovered photosynthesis) and the 50th anniversary of kids coding languages being introduced.

And the search giant celebrated the 2017 Autumn Equinox , which marked the official ending of summer and the coming of autumn.

The history of Google Doodles, what they are and where they came from

SIR Donald Bradman, often known simply as 'The Don', is one of the greatest and most revered sportsman of all time.