RIP Arthur Morris

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RIP Arthur Morris

Post by alfie on Sat 22 Aug 2015, 3:49 pm

Haven't seen a thread yet for this : a great Australian opening bat passed away yesterday. One of the key men in Bradman's invincibles ; and from all accounts a lovely man.
Plus a very elegant left hander ; too early for me to have seen , but I gather he was great to watch.

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Re: RIP Arthur Morris

Post by guildfordbat on Sat 22 Aug 2015, 3:54 pm

Thanks, Alfie. Probably before everyone's time on here but only right that we pay tribute to Arthur Morris. As you say, a key man in Bradman's Invincibles. I believe Neil Harvey is now the sole survivor.

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Re: RIP Arthur Morris

Post by kwinigolfer on Sat 22 Aug 2015, 4:55 pm

Hi Guys,
Arthur Morris was losing his place in the Australian team just as I was following my first Test series. I posted the Beeb announcement on the HOF thread but will repeat this lovely piece from Tom Fordyce of a few years ago:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tomfordyce/2011/01/in_the_company_of_a_legend.html

guildford, Imagine Harvey is the sole survivor from either team . . . . . . .

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Re: RIP Arthur Morris

Post by alfie on Sat 22 Aug 2015, 5:12 pm

Thanks for that link , Kwinigolfer. Was a wonderful read.

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Re: RIP Arthur Morris

Post by Corporalhumblebucket on Sat 22 Aug 2015, 8:53 pm

Yes - a great cricketer, a lovely man and a very good read.  RIP Arthur Morris

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Post by Corporalhumblebucket on Sat 22 Aug 2015, 9:09 pm

kwinigolfer wrote:
guildford, Imagine Harvey is the sole survivor from either team . . . . . . .

Kwini - that's right. The current list of oldest surviving test players (but including only those who played 10 or more tests) is as follows:

JC Watkins (SA) 92 ys old
Everton Weekes (WI) 90
Tom Graveney (Eng) 88
Imtiaz Ahmed (Pak) 87
JR Reid (NZ) 87
CB Van Ryneveld (SA) 87
Neil Harvey (Aus) 86

Of these I can remember hearing radio test match commentary on Tom Graveney and John Reid.

The oldest living test match player is L Tuckett (SA) aged 96, who played 9 tests.

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Re: RIP Arthur Morris

Post by kwinigolfer on Sat 22 Aug 2015, 9:51 pm

Everton Weekes played in the first match I ever saw - amazingly, many of the Hampshire team he was playing against are still alive, in their 80's and 90's.
Saw Graveney a couple of times, Harvey once.

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Post by guildfordbat on Sat 22 Aug 2015, 10:23 pm

Certainly remember Graveney playing and recall a TMS radio discussion as to whether he should be recalled to the England side in 1970 - his final season, I think - to play against the Rest of the World (he wasn't).

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