Unknown Aussie buys Bradmans inauspicious debut bat for 145,000 dollars

September 25th, 2008 - 1:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Sept 25 (ANI): The bat with which crickets all time great Sir Don Bradman made his debut in 1928 against England, fetched 145,000 Australian dollars at an auction last evening.

This is a record price for a cricket bat and there were several bidders, all of them within Australia , hoping to win the auction, said a spokeswoman for Melbourne s Leski Auctions.

With the bat Bradman could score only 18 and 1 in the two innings, and was subsequently dropped after the inauspicious debut. Later, he donated the bat to a competition run by a Sydney newspaper to raise money for a childrens hospital.

The bat, subsequently purchased by an undisclosed Australian buyer, was signed by the entire 1928-29 Australian team as well as the English team which won the series 4-1.

Bradman, regarded as the greatest cricketer ever, died in 2001 aged 92 and played his last innings nearly 70 years ago. He retired with a Test batting average of 99.94.

He scored 28,067 first-class runs at an average of 95.14 and 6,996 runs in 52 Tests with 29 centuries and a highest score of 334. He needed four runs in his last Test innings, against England at The Oval, London , in 1948 to end his Test career with an average of 100 but was dismissed without scoring. (ANI)

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