Bradman Museum’s Greatest

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Shane Warne is one of the 20 Greats of the Game

In 2011, the late Richie Benaud (and former Patron of The Bradman Foundation) headed a panel to choose the twenty most influential Test cricketers of all time.

The criteria were:

  • They had played in the era where they made their greatest contribution
  • They had achieved ‘legendary’ status within their era (the sole criterion for the pre-1894 era)
  • They were cricketing pioneers
  • They had consistently demonstrated more skill than others and thereby directly influenced the development of the game
  • Their historical significance would not diminish regardless of the game’s evolution

Selection also required that the players represented the values and beliefs of Sir Donald Bradman in honouring and strengthening the game of cricket. The initial group was not intended to be exhaustive.

Dave Thomas, a Welsh-born Australian artist who lives in Burradoo in the Southern Highlands of NSW, was commissioned to paint the portraits. Predominately a portrait artist, Dave paints in a realistic style and has been a finalist in the Archibald Prize and twice a finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

The portraits were commissioned to be themed and styled in the manner of Bill Leak’s portrait of Sir Donald Bradman, which hangs in the main hall of the Bradman Museum.

Together with Richie Benaud, the selection panel of David Gilbert, Mike Coward and Gideon Haigh lent their expertise in choosing the twenty players.

The recent delivery of Shane Warne’s portrait (of whom Don Bradman said, ‘He was the best thing to happen to cricket for very many, many, years.’)  has now completed the original commission.

Over a decade in the making, the exhibition is a unique opportunity for both cricket and art lovers to travel around the world and immerse themselves in cricket history.

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