August 1938: Spectators clapping Australian cricketer Sir Don Bradman (1908 - 2001) as he comes out during the 4th Test Match at Headingley, Leeds. Sir Donald Bradman was the first cricketer to be knighted in 1949 for his services to cricket. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

August 27 marks Sir Donald Bradman's birthday. The greatest cricketer the world has ever seen, the story of 'The Don' is well known and won't ever be repeated.

Finishing with a career average of 99.94, a devastating four runs short of the magical three-figure average, Bradman has never come close to being eclipsed on the batting front.

Born in 1908, the first cricketer to be knighted for his services to the sport of cricket was famous for practicing with a stump and a golf ball growing up.

Living and breathing cricket, he would go on to play 52 Tests for Australia, scoring almost 7,000 runs in a staggeringly short period of time, scoring 29 Test centuries, and passing 50 runs on a further 13 occasions.

What may have been even more impressive was that in an era of uncovered wickets and horrendous conditions to bat in, plus less protective equipment and far less superior cricket equipment, Bradman was consistent over an incredible period of time.

He also played 234 first-class cricket matches, averaging 95.14 and scoring 117 tons with a high score of 452 not out.

He will never be eclipsed in the world of cricket. Some have tried. Some have even been labeled "the next Bradman." But it is impossible.

It goes without saying that there are going to be plenty of standout moments for the greatest cricket that ever lived, but what are the five best?


5. Bradman's first Test century

Bradman took time to become acclimatised to Test cricket, which makes the remarkable career-end average all the more incredible.

It didn't look all that good when he was selected for his debut in the Brisbane Test of the 1928-1929 summer and failed in both innings of the first Test match against England.

Australia's old enemy had the man who would go on to become the greatest of all time in all sorts of trouble, dismissed for 18 and 1 in the two innings.

England won that Test by a staggering 675 runs, compiling 521 and 342 against Australia's measly 122 and 66. Bradman was dropped for the second Test in his home state of New South Wales, as England was forced to chase down a paltry 15 for victory on the final day of the match.

It was then that Bradman was recalled, and while he couldn't guide Australia to their first win of the summer, Bradman's first Test in Victoria was a success.

He showed his class in the first innings with 79, but then turned that into a century in the second innings, scoring 112 from number six in the order, batting for a large chunk of time alongside opener Bill Woodfull who managed 107.

Australia didn't manage a victory as England comfortably chased down 332, but from a position of 4-0 down in the series, the hosts would bounce back to win the fifth match of the summer by five wickets, a match that saw Donald Bradman score his second Test century.