Bradman the Cricket Umpire
Don Bradman always sought to be as fully informed as possible about the game he loved. He constantly ensured that cricket’s appeal would never be blunted by unnecessary or cumbersome rules. An avid student of the game, he studied the Laws of Cricket and in 1933 successfully sat his New South Wales Cricket Umpires Exam. After retirement as a player, Bradman would umpire South Australian Grade cricket matches when time permitted. This kept him in touch with the game at close quarters without the physical rigours of participation. As a cricket administrator, he frequently debated with colleagues issues such as bowlers ‘throwing’ or ‘chucking’, the LBW law or the No Ball law in association with the placement of bowlers feet.