Former Australia cricketer Arthur Morris, the former Australian cricketers was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the International Cricket Council by the legendary batsman Steve Waugh in Sydney today during the third and the final Test between Pakistan and Australia.
According to the ICC, Arthur Morris has become the 82nd player to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, who was given the honor posthumously. His wife Judith Morris received a personalized cap from Waugh, himself an ICC Cricket Hall of Famer. Cricket Australia Chairman David Peever was also present at the occasion.
Judith Morris, who is Arthur's wife said on this, “It is a great honor to be receiving this award, which brings in a flood of memories along with it. I thank the ICC for recognizing my husband’s contribution to cricket by inducting him into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.”
Steve Waugh stated, “Cricket has developed over the years and decades due to the contribution of players who entertained the crowds with their attractive game and made contests memorable due to their steely resolve. Arthur Morris was one such cricketer and that is why he is remembered even so many years after he played the game.”
He also added, “I congratulate his family for this big honor and commend this gesture by the ICC to recognize his impact on the game of cricket.”
David Richardson, the Chief Executive of the ICC said in a message about Morris, “Arthur Morris is among the best left-handed openers that the game has ever seen. He was a key member of ‘Bradman’s Invincibles’ with an exceptional average, especially for an opening batsman. He was a courageous batsman whose temperament and style of play was praised liberally, even by Bradman. He is a deserving recipient of this honor and I have great pleasure in congratulating his family on behalf of the ICC.”
Authur Morris, who had scored 3,533 runs in 46 Test matches with the highest score of 206 runs for Australia. He also smashed 12 centuries and 12 half-centuries in Test cricket.
In his debut Test Series, Morris slammed centuries in three consecutive innings. He was the leading scorer in the 1948 Ashes series in England which Australia won 4-0. Arthur was also the first batsman to score a century in each innings of debut first-class match.