Aussie 'Invincible' Morris dies at 93

2015-08-22 07:14
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Sydney - Former Australian opener Arthur Morris, a member of Don Bradman's 1948 'Invincibles' team, has died aged 93, Cricket Australia said Saturday.

The death of Morris, who had been the country's oldest living former Test player, meant "a cherished link with our past" had been lost, said the governing body's chairman Wally Edwards.

"Arthur Morris was a great man and one of the true greats of Australian cricket who until now had been a treasured connection to an extraordinary era of the game," Edwards said.

"When Australia's best openers are discussed his name will always be one of the first mentioned."

Edwards said Morris was an "elegant, complete batsman" and noted he ended up being the most successful run-scorer during the 1948 series in England.

The left-hander amassed 696 runs during that campaign - including a 182 and a 196.

Born in Sydney's Bondi suburb in 1922, Morris made his Test debut against England during their tour of Australia in 1946-47 when he overcame a slow start to make three consecutive centuries.

At his retirement, aged 34, the occasional Test captain had scored 3 533 runs at 46.48 in 46 Tests, with a highest score of 206 against England in Adelaide in 1950-51.

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