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    Rare Bradman video shows unofficial honeymoon tour

    Some 'new' footage of Bradman playing during the 1932 tour of Canada has been released recently by the Australian National Film and Sound Archive.

    It is about 13 minutes long with the best footage happening after the 6th minute mark. It features the best view of the great Arthur Mailey and Stan McCabe bowling we are ever likely to see, and of course Bradman himself. It is a shame that the action of each player is rather brief, but the camera is so close that we are to see quite clearly that most of the power in Bradman's shots came from the 'wrist-snap' of his bottom-hand.

    Rare Bradman video shows unofficial honeymoon tour

    Cricket lovers still pining after Ricky Ponting's retirement now have a little something to ease the pain – a rare film featuring Sir Donald Bradman in action.

    The 13 minute black and white film titled Australi-ans in Toronto shows the cricket legend taking part in matches against Canadian teams in 1932.

    Captured by the Ontario Motion Picture Bureau, it is believed to be only one of two known surviving films depicting Bradman at play somewhere other than Australia or the British Isles.

    Bradman was visiting Toronto as part of a 51-match tour organised by former Australian Test leg spinner Arthur Mailey, who had gathered a team of past and present cricketers including lower level grade players.

    The tour also acted as an unofficial honeymoon for Bradman and his new wife Jessie Menzies, who joined the touring party at Bradman's request.

    The film was released by the National Film and Sound Archive, whose curator Simon Smith said the archive was happy to share the clip made at a time when “the spirit of cricket was as important as the result”.



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    McCabe has a nice action
    Oh for a strong arm and a walking stick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    McCabe has a nice action
    Yes, and he puts his back into his bowling as well.

    It seems a shame that he claimed only 36 Test wickets at 42.86 runs a piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Yes, and he puts his back into his bowling as well.

    It seems a shame that he claimed only 36 Test wickets at 42.86 runs a piece.
    Combined with his batting average, he's the old Kallis
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    Thanks for sharing this Watson.

    I'm a massive fan of old footage of cricket. This is great.

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    honeymoon tour eh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    honeymoon tour eh
    Sounds like Phil Hughes in South Africa.

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    Can we use this footage to check the size of the ground and to debate on any 3rd umpire run outs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Yes, and he puts his back into his bowling as well.

    It seems a shame that he claimed only 36 Test wickets at 42.86 runs a piece.
    Opened the bowling for Australia over 30 times, I believe.

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    Did I see Burgey in the background there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    Did I see Burgey in the background there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by benchmark00 View Post
    Did I see Burgey in the background there?
    Front and centre, babeh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    McCabe has a nice action
    Remarkable how Jessie looks like Wallace Simpson.

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    Jessie's a bit of a minx, but I don't think she's a 99.94.

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