Born and raised in Tasmania, Keith Bradshaw became one of the most respected names in cricket, with his positive impact and genuine kindness spreading across the globe. Never losing what made him so special, Keith was humble, loyal, kind and empathetic. He was a truly great man.
In 2005, Keith was asked to consider leading the MCC, an offer to which he replied: ‘It shouldn’t be too bad, Melbourne is only an hour’s flight from Hobart, so I could get back regularly to see the kids.’
When he was informed that the M stood for Marylebone, and the call was coming from Lords, the home of cricket, Keith suddenly had a much bigger decision to make. Thankfully, he accepted the role and became the 14th CEO and Secretary of the MCC and Lords in 2006.
Credited with modernising Lord’s during his tenure while also staying true to the history and elegance of the world’s greatest game, Keith was loved by Members, staff, media, players and administrators alike. From the Queen to the changeroom attendants, no one has a bad word to say about Keith Bradshaw.
One of the traditions Keith introduced at Lords was the ringing of the ‘five-minute bell’ before the beginning of play each day of a Test match. Once a perfunctory task, Keith made it an honour. Something that the biggest names in cricket were invited to do.
In tribute to Keith, the Bradshaw Bell now sits outside the Committee Room at Adelaide Oval and will be rung five minutes before the start of play during every Test at the iconic venue. Installed this week, the bell was rung before play on Thursday by his endlessly proud family.
A uniquely Australian bell, the Bradshaw Bell was computer designed using Finite Element Analysis software by Anton Hasell and digital engineers at Brompton-based Applidyne, giving it a distinctly South Australian ring. Weighing 64kg, the Bradshaw Bell was forged at Billmans Foundry in Castlemaine, Victoria.
An inspiring family man, Keith is father to Juliet, Eliza, Don and Jack, and beloved fiancé to Helen. Keith achieved a remarkable amount in his life, but the most important source of pride will always be his family. There could be no better choice to send the Bradshaw Bell’s beautiful notes sailing throughout Adelaide Oval for the first time.
The bell will be rung before play tomorrow by Vicki Jones, a long-time colleague and friend of Keith, with SACA President Andrew Sinclair and South Australian great Neil ‘Nodda’ Dansie also set to receive the honour throughout the Test.