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'Batting machine' Bradman and gamesmanship twist.

A J Hubble makes the case that cheating in sport has always gone on (Talkback, August 10).

If you want to understand the influence of gamesmanship in sport, you need to study the life story of Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman.

Bradman, a lonely figure for whom practice made perfect.

If this man had hit one more boundary in any of his 80 test matches he would have averaged 100.

Contemporaries called him a batting engine, a machine without a soul. But read the story of Bodyline - his trial by fire.

Beat Bradman and we've won, said England captain Douglas Jardine, and from that moment the whole of sport changed - it was no longer merely something to be enjoyed.

That was 1932. Since then all sports have seen the screw of gamesmanship tighten. Bradman gave that screw its biggest twist. Eddie Sanders, Pheasey Estate

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Date:Aug 12, 2016
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