Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Raise Your Bat to the Don...
For the next week or so, I’m going to focus on legendary folk who have achieved sporting immortality. Many sporting legends have been worthy enough to be set in stone, and many of us mortals have paid our utmost homage in one of the finest ways imaginable - by Standing By Your Sporting statue.
Who better to start with than Sir Donald Bradman, the legendary Australian cricketer, who, quite simply, is the finest batsmen that the world has ever seen, and is likely to be the finest batsmen that the world has seen for a considerable amount of time yet.
Sir Donald we salute you, as does my friend Tim. This fine bronze statue of the Don is located at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which, funnily enough, can be found in Melbourne, Australia. And what a great antipodean pose it is by Tim, carrying his hat in his left hand with bat raised in salute in his right.
One statistical comparison between these two cricketers should be noted: Donald Bradman’s career average in test match cricket was an astonishing 99.94 runs per innings. Tim’s batting average in all forms of cricket was around 2.50 runs, and I’m probably being a little generous there ;-)