Bradman the Bowler

21/04/14 Category: Blog Posted by:

We all know that Sir Donald Bradman was one of the best batsmen in cricketing history, but how much do you know about his bowling?

This will tell you all you need to know about Bradman bowler:

Bradman’s Test Bowling

Don Bradman was an occasional leg-spin bowler who took two Test wickets;

  •  Ivan Barrow (West Indies) lbw Bradman, 27 (1st Test 1930/31 Series).
  • Wally Hammond (England) bowled Bradman, 84 (3rd Test 1932/33 Series).

His Test average is 36.00. He bowled 27 overs for 72 runs (4 maidens) in Test cricket between 1930 and 1948.

Bradman bowling in the nets December 1946.

Bradman’s First Class Bowling

In his younger days Bradman was often called upon to bowl however he could often be expensive. In First Class matches his best bowling was:

  • Australians v. Cambridge University (1930), Bradman took three wickets in each innings finishing up with 6/103

In all other First Class matches he only ever took three wickets in a match once:

  • NSW v South Australia (1930-1), Bradman took 3/54

All Other Matches

There were seven occasions when Bradman took seven or more wickets in a match:

  • Bowral v. Moss Vale; Lackey Park Moss Vale & Glebe Park, Bowral (28 February & 14 March 1925) Bradman took three wickets in the first innings and six wickets in the second innings.
  • Bowral A v. Bowral B; Glebe Park, Bowral (13 February 1926) Bradman took 8/21 playing for Bowral A.
  • Railway v Butter Factory; Carrington Park, Casino (27 April 1929) Bradman took 7/4 with the Railway team then also took 1/9 for the Butter Factory.
  • Kippax’s XI v. Hastings XIV; Wauchope Park, Wauchope (16 September 1929) Bradman took 8/31 playing for the Kippax’s XI
  • Kippax’s XI v. Cairns; Parramatta Park, Cairns (28-29 March 1931) Bradman took 4/13 in the first innings and 6/43 in the second innings; thus making this his only TEN WICKET haul!
  • Australia v. Vancouver XV; University School Grounds, Mount Tolmie, Victoria (18 June 1932) Bradman took 7/43 in the second innings, after not bowling in the first for the Australians.
  • NSW Cricket Association XI v. Orange DCA XV; Wade Park, Orange (27 September 1933) Bradman took 7/21 playing for NSWCA
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