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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Aussie group decides to return Bradman letters

Published: Monday, August 27, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Adelaide: Five letters written by cricketer Sir Donald Bradman to former Australian captain Greg Chappell are to be returned to the Bradman family on the anniversary of Bradman's birthday on August 26.The letters were auctioned in July, 2001, along with other cricket memorabilia from Chappell's long career. Chappell's decision to put them on the market upset members of Bradman's family including his son John who, along with the Bradman Foundation, issued a plea for those holding personal Bradman letters not to put them up for sale. But information from a public relations company said they were purchased by a group of business people who called themselves Some Australians Value Ethics (SAVE).Reyna Matthes Publicity said the group held the view that anyone who owned a letter from Bradman should regard it as an honour. "These letters should be cherished with respect and not used for personal gain," the group said. SAVE said that Chappell's Bradman letters would be returned to Richard Mulvaney, director of the Bradman Foundation, and representative of the Bradman family at a Melbourne Cricket Club lunch on August 26. Bradman died at his Adelaide home in February at the age of 92. He scored 6,996 runs in 52 tests spanning 20 years until 1948. His average of 99.94 runs per Test innings is far superior to that of any other batsman.

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