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Don Bradman

New Delhi, Sept. 3: India and Australia will tomorrow sign an agreement to bring some of Don Bradman’s most coveted personal belongings to this country for the first time next year, when Australia and New Zealand co-host the cricket World Cup.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who will land in Mumbai tomorrow morning for a three-day visit, will sign the memorandum of understanding at the Cricket Club of India-owned Brabourne Stadium in the afternoon.

Abbott, a cricket fan, will also meet Sachin Tendulkar and retired Australian players Adam Gilchrist and Brett Lee, who are holding a training camp for young cricket lovers in Mumbai, the foreign office said.

The Bradman memorabilia will travel across multiple Indian cities — including Calcutta.

“Cricket is a very important part of our relationship with Australia, and we hope to strengthen that bond,” Sanjay Bhattacharyya, the joint secretary (south) in the external affairs ministry said.

The memorabilia, officials said, will come from the Bradman Museum in Bowral, the city just over 100km from Sydney in New South Wales where the cricketer grew up.

The museum — a part of the International Cricket Hall of Fame — is home to the gloves and bats that helped Bradman secure a Test batting average just a notch under 100, the blazers and caps he wore on tours like the Bodyline series, and diaries he wrote. Many of these will travel to India next year.