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ASC mourns passing of Arthur Morris

Arthur Morris
Arthur Morris in action against East Molesley on their home ground in Surrey in 1953. Photo: Getty Images

23 Aug 2015

Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chair John Wylie AM has paid tribute to Australian cricket great Arthur Morris, who passed away at the age of 93.

“Arthur was a giant of the game and a true gentleman who embodied the finest traditions of Australian sport,” Wylie said.

“As Australia’s 24th Test captain, his record speaks for itself.  He played 46 Tests averaging more than 46 runs, including an average 87 on the famous 1948 Invincibles Tour.

“Sir Donald Bradman, whose career at number three in the Australian batting line-up was greatly assisted by Arthur’s performances as an opener, rated him as the greatest left-hand batsman he had seen – high praise indeed. 

“Notwithstanding these magnificent achievements, Arthur retained his trademark humble demeanour and charmingly self-deprecating sense of humour throughout his life. A great example  was when he was asked if he was there the famous day Bradman scored a duck in his final Test innings at the Oval. Arthur responded: “I was there … as a matter of fact I scored 196 up the other end.

“When Arthur was inducted into Cricket Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2001, he was asked what, in a nutshell, international cricket had given him. “Poverty,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye.

“Arthur will be greatly missed by the Australian cricket family. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Judith and all of his family.”

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