The Final Salute Statue

Final Salute Statue, Sir Don Bradman 

Public Art : The Final Salute statue aka Sir Donald Bradman statue

Sculptor: © Tanya Bartlett

Description : A life size bronze statue depicting the great batsman, Sir Donald Bradman, in his last test match. The artist capturing his iconic pose, the raising of the baggy green to the crowd as he leaves the field for the very last time. A sad but historical moment in Australian cricket history.

Date Unveiled: The Final Salute statue was unveiled by Sir Donald Bradman's former Australian cricket team mate Mr Bill Brown on the 24th of February, 2002, on the first anniversary of his death.

Location : The Sir Donald Bradman statue is located outside the Bradman Museum of Cricket in Bowral, NSW.

Inscription :

The Final Salute

Sir Donald Bradman AC
Donald George Bradman was born on 27 August 1908.He grew up in Bowral and
became the greatest cricketer of all time. In 52 Test matches Bradman scored
6996 runs at an average of 99.94. Sir Donald Bradman died peacefully at the age of 92 on
25 February 2001.
"Future generations all regard him not only as a very great batsman, but also as a brilliant
captain and, above all, as one of the truest gentlemen who has ever worn flannels"
Arthur Gilligan, England cricketer and commentator

This statue was unveiled by former Australian cricketer and Bradman team mat, Mr Bill Brown, 24 February 2002.

Mr Ian Craig Chairman

Tanya Bartlett Sculptor

Bradman Museum

About The Boy From Bowral : The Don (27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001) was more than just a cricketing legend he was, and still is, one of Australia's most cherished icons and of course Bowral's favourite son. Sir Donald George Bradman was born in 1908 in Cootamundra, New South Wales but when he was two and a half he and his family moved to Bowral in New South Wales Southern Highlands. His flair for cricket was helped in part by a water tank, a curved brick stand, a cricket stump (for a bat) and a golf ball. Bradman would practise incessantly, hitting the ball at the curved brick stand under the tank, which would cause the ball to rebound at varying speeds and angles then attempt to hit it back. Interestingly tennis great Yvonne Crawley did something similar when she was young, hitting a tennis ball at a gavalized iron watertank.

Bradman made his first century at the age of 12 playing for Bowral Public School against Mittagong High School.

He often acted as scorer for the local Bowral team and filled in when they were one man short. His cricket ambition was fuelled, following a trip to the Sydney Cricket grounds to see an Ashes test with his father. Following the match he declared to his father "I shall never be satisfied until I play on this ground". The opportunity to follow his dream opened up in 1926 when several aging  players retired from the Australian Test team following an Ashes defeat in England. The New South Wales Cricket Association were now on the hunt for talented youngesters to eventually fill those positions.

No one was surprised when Bradman received a letter requesting his attendance at a practice session in Sydney.From there he quickly climbed the ranks and by the age of 19 he  was playing in the Sheffield Shield for NSW.

Bradman's big break would come in the 1928-29 season when he was finally chosen to play for Australia during a Australia vs England test match. Ironically he was relegated to 12th man for the following match after a dismal performance.However the third match saw him score 79 and 112 to become the youngest player to make a Test century and thus cementing his name in cricketing folklore history.

The Don's final test match in 1948 saw him face the wrist-spin of British bowler Eric Hollies at the Kennington Oval in London. On the second ball Bradman pushed forward and was deceived by a googly. He was bowled between bat and pad for a duck. Prior to heading to the crease, Bradman's Test batting average stood at 101.39, thanks to the duck and the fact he didn't bat in the second innings he would end his career on a career average of 99.94. Had he made just made 4 runs his average would have been 100.

Interesting tidbits : Bradman was only run out once in his test career.

Bradman is the only Test cricketer to this day to make 300 in one day's play.

His Test record is unrivalled, with 6,996 runs in 52 appearances, at an average of 99.94

Bradman would set a world record for first-class cricket by scoring 452 not out in only 415 minutes during a NSW vs Queensland match at his beloved SCG in 1930.

The South African fast bowler Sandy Bell described bowling to him as "heart-breaking ... with his sort of cynical grin, which rather reminds one of the Sphinx ... he never seems to perspire"

Bodyline was a direct response to England trying to combat Bradman's skill at hitting the ball low as to avoid being caught. The idea was to bowl short and fast (bouncers) at the batsman forcing him to hit the ball into the air.

The Sir Don Bradman Museum, his house at 20 Glebe St and the Bradman oval are all heritage listed.

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