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Mark Taylor relives his first ever meeting with ‘The Don’ after unbeaten 334

After batting for two days and 564 balls – and hitting 32 boundaries and one six – Australian cricket legend Mark ‘Tubby’ Taylor finished on 334 not out in 1998 in Peshawar against Pakistan.

It’s a famous score, synonymous in sporting history after cricket great Don Bradman plundered 334 against England at Headingley in 1930.

Taylor – who went on to play 104 Test matches and notch over 7000 runs for Australia had the opportunity to meet ‘The Don’ – after that special innings.

When asked on Macquarie Sports Radio Mornings whether it was his intention to finish on the same score as Bradman, he said it all just fell into place.

It then gave him an opportunity of a lifetime, only a month later.

“He (Bradman) actually wrote me a letter congratulating me on the score and also thanking me in a way for not going past his score,” Taylor said.

“I caught up with him about a month later when I got back from Pakistan, I went and had a cup of tea with him at his house in Adelaide.

“We had a good two or three hour chat about the game.

“So that to me was one of the real highlights of that innings- the fact that ‘The Don’ did get in touch with me and I got a chance to have a private couple of hours with him and chat about cricket which was terrific.”

Bradman was aged 90 at the time, but his passion for cricket never died.

“Very much later in life, he still loved the game of cricket,” Taylor said.

On Wednesday October 17, the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation is holding a lunch at the SCG to mark the 20th anniversary of when Mark Taylor declared on 334 not out against Pakistan at Peshawar.

The likes of Ian Healy, Damien Fleming and former Prime Minister John Howard will all be in attendance. There will be a number of items auctioned off at the event including one of Taylor’s shirts he wore from that famous innings.

Hear the full interview with Mark Taylor on Macquarie Sports Radio.

On Wednesday, October 17, the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation is holding a lunch at the SCG to mark the 20th anniversary to the day of when Mark Taylor declared on 334 not out against Pakistan at Peshawar. Speakers at the lunch will be Ian Healy and Damien Fleming (who both played in that second Test) and former PM John Howard. Tickets to the lunch can be purchased from www.frontrowgroup.com.au or calling 02 9439 3434.

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