Melbourne, Aug 27 : The greatest cricketer of the 20th century Sir Don Bradman would be twice as good as any other batsman if he played the game today, Australian Vice Captain Mike Hussey has said.
As Australia prepares to celebrate the centenary of Bradman's birth today, debate has inevitably turned to how the country's greatest sportsman would have fared in the 21st century game.
And Hussey has no doubt he would be an icon of a new generation.
"In my view, if Don Bradman was playing today he would still have an average as twice as good as any other batsman in the world," the Daily Telegraph quoted Hussey, as saying.
"With the advances in bat technology and training, imagine how good Don would be today. It would be scary. He is by far and away the best batsman ever and would still be today," he added.
Bradman, whose batting average of 99.94 is still celebrated, may have died seven years ago but tributes and recollections have started flowing again as a nation pauses to remember.
Some statisticians even claim to have found the missing four runs that Bradman would have needed to boast a career average of 100. Not that the records will be changed now.
Events will be held around Australia to commemorate the centenary of Bradman's birth with Test skipper Ricky Ponting to address a gala dinner in Sydney.
"It's almost like he's separate from the game. His name and what he achieved, it's so far out of any player's reach," Ponting said.
The NSW townships of Cootamundra, where Bradman was born, and Bowral, where he grew up, will also mark the centenary.
Story first published: Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 13:13 [IST]
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