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Aussie cricketers 'couldn't stand' Bradman

Staff writers, Yahoo!7 August 23, 2012, 11:24 am

Retired World Series Cricket player Gary Cosier has revealed how much hatred was aimed at legendary cricketer Donald Bradman during the 1970s and early 80s.

Cosier told Fox Sports of an incident during the 1977 Centenary Test that illustrated how poorly Bradman was received within the team.

"The thing that hasn't been written before is that during the 1977 Centenary Test at our pre-match gathering, Rod Marsh and a few other players were just so harsh on Bradman," Cosier said.

"We were there to play against the Poms the next day and Sir Donald got as big a serve as any of the Englishmen did - probably a lot more.

"There was an intense, I don't know if hatred is the right word, but dislike (for Bradman).

"Plenty of the players were carrying on about Bradman and saying they couldn't stand him. As long as Bradman was alive, they thought he kind of ran Australian cricket, and they didn't like that."

59-year-old Cosier was left on the sidelines during Kerry Packer's cricket revolution, being denied a breakaway cricket contract offered to many of his team mates.

Cosier believes the real battle was between Packer and Bradman, and that the cricket revolution was partially fuelled by the players' dislike of Bradman.

"Between Kerry Packer and Don Bradman there was never going to be a coming together of the minds," Cosier said.

"One would have been completely as steadfast in their belief as the other one.

"What Packer was asking for from the cricket establishment I think was reasonable."

Now running a prestigious golf club in Brisbane, Cosier insists he's not bitter about the secret nature of the breakaway cricket contracts.

"If that was what had to be done I didn't have a problem with being excluded in that manner - because that was what they were instructed to do," Cosier said.

Sir Donald Bradman died in 2001 and was one of the first inductees into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

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  1. Dave03:27pm Friday 31st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Douglas Jardine found a weakness in Bradman's technique something this nation still grizzle about like it just happened.. Of course because Bradman was shown up the grizzling that it created caused Laws of Cricket to be changed forever, just to patronize the boys(Ans still Aus goes on about W.G. Grace writing his own rule book So much influence by a little pr$&k Bradman insignificant weed that he was as with the New Zealand rejection from Test Cricket until 1980s Bradman and Australians had the casting vote that kept them out for all those years. Sport!! SORRY, but that word is not in the Australian dictionary. Win at all cost should be emblazoned on all sporting crests in this country

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  2. KissThis03:27pm Saturday 25th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Well it is not like Aussies to hate anybody is it... Aussies wake up in the morning hating life to start off with, They make it there number one priority to hate people,, Go and polish your shackles, there is a 75% polish discount at the ROCKS or PORT ARTHUR going at the moment, maybe you can look at old relatives while you are there and remember your reel history instead of this Ned Kelly #$%$...

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  3. jeff b09:55am Friday 24th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So he was a World Series Cricket player who didn't have a contract with World Series Cricket?

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  4. Brian09:20pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    In summary re Bradman; as a Cricketer 10/10, a human being about 7/10, a cricket administrator 3/10 and this was the reason for the discent.

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  5. Brian09:05pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I am thinking that you would be a badminton player?

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  6. Neil09:05pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Yes, Brian...and meanwhile The Don was the beneficiary of Pommie largess, another reason his team-mates despised him.

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  7. ajb09:03pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Funny that Yahoo7 should be publishing an article that effectively promotes Channel 9's 2 part mini series - "Howzat! Kerry Packers war" I wonder if the bone head journo's at Yahoo7 realise that?

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  8. Brian09:03pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Huh? Relevance?

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  9. Brian09:01pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I have heard Ian Chappell speak about Bradman. He - Bradman - basically was the man in charge of Aussie cricket prior to the revolution and Chappell referred to him as "the old man". Apparently Bradman was very opposed to pay rises for the Cricketers and history would suggest that he was "old school" and not aware of trends. Given that sports in general were becoming professional I think that Don was caught up in old amatuer thinking.

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  10. John.maffina.08:59pm Thursday 23rd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    they must be sacked and sent back to university to do their journalism degree again.

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