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ARTHUR MORRIS - OBITUARY
Former Test skipper Steve Waugh was among many to pay tribute to Arthur Morris, who died aged 93 overnight on Friday.
Morris, one of the nation's greatest opening batsman, played a key role in Don Bradman's Invincibles team on their undefeated tour of England in 1948. His passing meant Neil Harvey is now the sole remaining member of the famed side.
"It's a sad day for cricket — one of the true legends and a man who was always generous with his time in sharing knowledge about the game," said Waugh. "He will be missed but not forgotten."
Morris went into hospital for a hip operation in April, the same day that another Australian cricket legend, Richie Benaud, died. He suffered complications from the surgery.
Cricket Australia tweeted on Saturday morning: "Cricket Australia extends its deepest sympathies to the Morris family following the sad passing of Test legend Arthur, aged 93. Vale."
Morris scored 3533 runs at 46.46 in 46 Tests.
CA chairman Wally Edwards said Australia had lost a "cherished link with our past".
"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.
"An elegant, complete batsman, Arthur peaked in the late 1940s and was the most successful batsman during the series against England that would make him an Invincible. We extend our deepest sympathies to Arthur's wife, Judith, and his family at this sad time. He will be greatly missed but remembered forever."
Morris, who served in the army in World War II, was regarded widely for his gentle personality and sense of humour. He often joked that no one remembered he was at the other end, on his way to 196, when Bradman was bowled for a duck in his final Test innings. Morris scored 696 runs in the campaign at an average of 87, including three centuries.
He was named in Australia's Test Team of the Century in 2000 and inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2001. The gates at the Sydney Cricket Ground were named the Arthur Morris Gates last week.
Arthur Robert Morris was born in Bondi on January 19, 1922. He moved with his family to Dungog at the age of five. When his parents' marriage split, Morris moved with his father Arthur snr to Newcastle, where he attended Newcastle Boys High.
At age 18, he scored twin centuries on his first-class debut, against Queensland. The war interrupted his progress and he finally made his Test debut in 1946-47 against the visiting English. He scored 2, 5 and 21, before notching three consecutive centuries.
He played five-eighth for the St George rugby team while his mate Ray Lindwall played cricket in summer and league for the Dragons in winter.
"It's sad today's cricketers don't get the chance to play other sports," he said.
His highest score was 206 against England in 1950-51. Morris became Australia's 24th Test captain when he filled in for Lindsay Hassett in 1951-52. Bradman said he regarded Morris as the best left-hander he had seen.
He eventually retired with wife Judith.to Cessnock. They spent many of the final years of his life around the NSW central coast.
Best Wishes to (recently retired) Ken Clifford from the OBA.