There have been many posts on Bradman's anniversary. Nestaquin's has some great youtube clips of Bradman. And, perhaps inevitably, some backlash or at least reappraisal. Here's Jrod on why we should be celebrating Keith Miller instead. And Rick not on Bradman himself so much as on the hype of Bradman(TM):
The handling of the Bradman name since his death in 2001 has also been
problematic. It was a great honour when the main highway linking
Adelaide to its airport was renamed Sir Donald Bradman Drive. But was
it right to then prevent businesses located on that highway from
amending their trading names to reflect that they could be found "On
Bradman"? What, really, was wrong with marketing Anzac Cookies in India
as Bradman Cookies? What other Australian icon would grab the attention
in India? (OK, Brett Lee Bickies can't be too far away.)
But a truly abominable invocation of the Bradman name is the event held at the Westin Hotel last night. The "Bradman Oration"
is the top end of town's self-important evening of adulation for a man
with whom the nearest thing they have in common is that he was a
stockbroker in Adelaide. Ponting may seem an unlikely orator, but he is
a far more appropriate choice than some of the past speakers at the BO.
John Howard, when he was Prime Minister, I could understand; Michael
Parkinson I would have understood if he gave it during an Ashes tour
(which 2003-04 was not); but Alan Belford Jones? and General Peter
Get Sam Loxton (and some of the other surviving 1948 Aussies) to
give the next "oration". And forget the $495 per head ticket price and
hold it somewhere so that the schoolkids of Cootamundra and Bowral can
get in for free.
Meanwhile, England and India very well indeed in their respective ODI series'. The end, or an end at any rate, might be coming up soon for Ajantha Mendis. Batsmen have started reading Mendis from the hand:
The left-hander attributed his knock to his ability to read
the Sri Lankan spinners and said he could pick Mendis off his
"I was watching their hands, especially Mendis'. My plan was
that if I can read his hand I can play well. That was the game plan." he
"I think I was able to read both Murali and Mendis well.
Scoring 76 and helping my team win is satisfying," he added.
Finally, from the county cricket department, the great Mushtaq has retired. Long may his beard grow.