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Great Arthur Morris passes away at 93

477   //    23 Aug 2015, 11:45 IST
Arthur in action during 1953 County season  

Arthur Morris, one of the finest opening batsman in Australia's Test history, has died at the age of 93. He played in 46 Tests and scored 3533 runs at an average of 46.48, with the highest score of 206 runs. Morris was the oldest surviving Australia's Test cricketer. His career included 12 centuries and 12 fifties.

The left-handed opening batsman was born in New South Wales, Australia on January 19, 1922. His Test career was interrupted by the Second World War, when domestic matches were cancelled.

It was the 1948 Ashes series - known as the Australia’s ‘Invincibles’ tour - where Morris came into the spotlight. He left Don Bradman behind in the famous 1948 Ashes series where he dominated with the bat by scoring 696 runs in five-match series which eventually Australia won by 4-0. His average in the series was 87 with the top score of 196.

Based on his performance during the tour of England, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack named Morris as one of their Cricketers of the Year in 1949, describing him as "one of the world's best left-hand batsmen".

Morris was named in Australia's Test team of the century in 2000. Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards said in statement that Australia lost a part of the rich history.

"We have sadly lost a cherished link with our past," Edwards said as quoted by TOI. "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. When Australia's best openers are discussed his name will always be one of the first mentioned."

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