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Sir Donald Bradman Oration

The Sir Donald Bradman Oration is staged annually to honour Sir Donald Bradman's achievements with a contemporary discussion by a prominent person on the spirit of cricket and cricket’s role in the modern world.

Sir Donald Bradman
Sir Donald Bradman

An event which honours the career, contribution and memory of the world's greatest-ever cricketer, the Sir Donald Bradman Oration is a feature of the Australian cricket calendar and a celebration of the spirit of cricket.

The function provides a platform for a prominent national or international figure to reflect on Sir Donald's career, and on cricket's place in their own lives and the life of the nation. The Honorable John Howard delivered the inaugural oration in August 2000 in his capacity as Australian Prime Minister.


Although his playing career ended more than half a century ago, Sir Donald Bradman remains Australian cricket's most revered and influential figure. His contribution as a player, a leader and an administrator transcended cultural and generational divides, and extended right across the international cricket community.

The Sir Donald Bradman Oration was established by Cricket Australia in 2000 as a means of marking that contribution, and recognising the role that cricket has played in shaping the Australian culture and way of life.

The oration permits a significant national and/or sporting identity the opportunity to recognise Sir Donald's unique and profound impact upon the sport on and off the field over a period of more than seven decades. It also provides the keynote speaker with the chance to honour and celebrate his place in Australian history more generally.

Complete History

2000 - Melbourne: The Honorable John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia
2003 - Brisbane: Sir Michael Parkison CBE, British media personality
2005 - Hobart: Richie Benaud, former Australia captain and media personality
2006 - Brisbane: Alan Jones, radio personality and former Australia Rugby coach
2008 - Perth: General Peter Cosgrove AC, MC, retired senior Army officer and Governer-General
2008 - Sydney: Ricky Ponting, former Australia Captain
2009 - Melbourne: Greg Chappell MBE, former Australia captain
2010 - Adelaide: Sir Tim Rice, English lyricist and author
2011 - Canberra: Rahul Dravid, former India captain
2012 - Melbourne: Gideon Haigh, cricket journalist and author
2013 - Melbourne: Mike Brearley, former England captain