Arthur Morris

Former Australian cricketer and member of the Invincibles Arthur Morris has died aged 93.

Morris was regarded as one of Australia’s greatest left-handed batsmen.

An opener, Morris played 46 Test matches between 1946 and 1955.

He was best known for his role in Don Bradman’s Invincibles side which made an undefeated tour of England in 1948.

Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards said the sport had “sadly 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,” he said in a statement.

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

“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.”

Former team-mate Alan Davidson paid tribute to Morris’ skills on the field.

“He was a magnificent hooker of the ball, he played the cut well and his cover driving was just a joy to watch,” he said.

Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground (SCG) Trust chairman Tony Shepherd said the flags at the ground would be flown at half-mast today in Morris’ honour.

“Arthur made an immeasurable contribution to cricket as a player and then as an administrator during more than 20 years as a trustee of the Sydney Cricket Ground,” he said.

“His 196 at The Oval remains the most forgotten century in the history of Test cricket, being at the non-striker’s end when Donald Bradman made a duck in his final innings.

“We have lost a true gentleman and a great Australian.”

Mr Shepherd said Morris had been too ill to attend a ceremony on Wednesday to officially open the Arthur Morris Gates at the ground and had instead been represented by his wife Judith.

Born in Bondi in 1922, Morris moved around New South Wales with his schoolteacher father until settling back in Sydney as a teenager.

He made his Test debut in 1946 after the end of World War II and later achieved Australian cricket’s highest office, becoming the 24th Test captain when he filled in for Lindsay Hassett in 1951-52.

He retired in 1955 aged 34.

Morris was named a member of Australia’s Test Team of the Century in 2000 and was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in 2001.