Mike Brearley, the former England captain, will deliver the 11th Sir Donald Bradman Oration in Melbourne on October 23, Cricket Australia (CA) announced on Tuesday (August 27).
James Sutherland, the CA's chief executive officer, made the announcement on the 105th birth anniversary of Bradman and said he was "delighted" that Brearley had accepted the invitation. "This year's Oration falls between two consecutive Ashes series and I am delighted that Mike, a former Ashes captain and lucid thinker on the game, is able to present this year's Oration," said Sutherland.
Brearley captained England in 31 of his 39 Test matches, leading the team to a 3-1 triumph in the 1981 Ashes series. His first-class career spanned 22 years, and he was also the president of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in 2007-08. "He (Brearley) has outstanding insights into both the modern game and its place in the world and also into the history, tradition and culture of cricket as a global sport," said Sutherland.