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Peter, are you familiar with the origin of the name of the cartoon character 'Donald Duck? From Wikipedia:
The origins of Donald Duck's name may have been inspired by Australian cricket legend Donald Bradman. In 1932 Bradman and the Australian team were touring North America and he made the news after being dismissed for a duck against New York West Indians.

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No, I hadn't heard that story. However (consults one of numerous volumes on Bradman) on that tour of North America (which did double duty as his honeymoon) 'his figures were 51 innings, 14 times not out, highest score 260, total runs 3,782, average 102.21, with 18 centuries.' So he was not exactly out of form. None of the fixtures was first class, but the 260 remains the highest score made in any match in Canada. His most famous duck was of course made in his final Test innings, at The Oval in 1948. He needed four runs for a career average of exactly 100, but made none, being bowled second ball. But I think, as most do, that his final Test average of 99.94 is far more iconic than 100 could ever have been.
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