A bat used by Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman has been put up for auction and is expected to sell for an estimated Aus$20,000, said an auctioneer on Friday.
The Sykes bat has been signed by the late Bradman and by his 1948 ‘invincible’ teammates.
The Australian used the bat to score 115 in his final first-class innings at home before travelling to England for the 1948 Ashes series – Australia won 4-0.
The item, which has spent the last 20 years on display at the Western Australian Cricket Association, is set to appear at auction on August 15th in Melbourne.
Charles Leski, whose company is selling the item, said: “Few items of cricketing memorabilia overshadow those belonging to Sir Donald Bradman.
“Of these, his bats are among the most prized possessions because they were his ultimate stock in trade.”
Bradman highest Test score was 334 at Headingly in 1930, and helped earn him the reputation of the greatest ever batman.
The legendary Australian, who died aged 92 in 2001, retired with a Test batting average of 99.94 – a mark that will surely never be beaten. That figure came despite a duck in his final innings.
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