Thatscricket - News - Bradman~~s death makes news in France, Italy

Published: Wednesday, February 28, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: The death of Sir Donald Bradman has made news even in France and Italy, where cricket is played only a hardy band of expatriates and eccentrics.French and Italian sports fans who would not know a googly from a run out were told all about the career of the greatest cricketer ever to play the game.Tuesday's edition of French sports daily L'Equipe featured a picture of Bradman batting and a story from its Australian correspondent explaining his importance.Runs were described as points but L'Equipe managed to get across the importance of Bradman to the Australian psyche, explaining that the nation was in mourning.InfoSport, a French cable and satellite television channel, also let its viewers know all about The Don, featuring a clip of him playing and tributes from prime minister John Howard and opposition leader Kim Beasley.Italy's leading sports daily, the Gazzetta dello Sport, carried a photograph of Bradman with the headline "Goodbye legendary 'The Don', the greatest ever'".Like L'Equipe, the Gazzetta also heralded "The man of 100 points a game", highlighting Bradman's stunning array of achievements and match statistics and including the controversial 'bodyline' treatment England reserved for him in 1932-33."The champion of champions in the oldest game in the world. A monument, a national institution, an untouchable," the paper said.Bradman died in Adelaide at the weekend at the age of 92. After hearing all the depressing news of corruption, it was Bradman upon whom people used to look for the brighter side of the game, Hanif said. "I sincerely hope that after the Don, cricket continues to flourish and be played the way Bradman liked it to be played."(c) Reuters Limited. Click here for RestrictionsExtras:
Bradman: End of a legendary era

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