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Australian Great Alan Davidson passes away at 92

Alan Davidson, a terrific fast bowler and one of Australia’s best all-rounders, died surrounded by his family in Sydney. He was 92 years old at the time. Davidson is being recognized for his achievements on the field, as well as his contributions to charity and his dedication to the game as an administrator. His passing comes just one day after Ashley Mallett, one of Australia’s finest off-spinners, died of cancer at the age of 76.

Three Ashes-winning Teams

Davidson played his greatest cricket under the captaincy of his schoolboy competitor, NSW teammate, and close friend Richie Benaud during his 44-Test career in the 1950s and 1960s when he was a member of three Ashes-winning teams.

Davidson, although playing with a broken finger, was one of the stars of the match in the memorable drawn Test against the West Indies in 1960, taking 11 wickets and scoring 44 and 80 runs to become the first man to score 100 runs and take 10 wickets in a Test. Sir Garfield Sobers, a close friend, was one of his opponents in the game.

Post Retirement

From 1970 to 2003, he was president of the NSW Cricket Association, a Trustee of the Sydney Cricket Ground for 20 years, and a national selector for five years from 1979 to 1984. The flag atop the Members Pavilion at the SCG, where he played his final Test, was half-mast, while NSW and Victoria players donned black armbands on the final day of their Sheffield Shield game in his honor.

He was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the ICC Hall of Fame, and was given the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1964 and the Order of Australia (AM) in 1987 for his contributions to sport and philanthropy.

Charity Game in 2013

After taking the field together in a charity game at his beloved Pratten Park in 2013, league greats Paul Gallen and Bradley Clyde, as well as boxers Danny Green and Daniel Geale, were among those left in awe of Davidson’s accomplishments.

The 84-year-old prepared for the game by rolling his arm in his lawn before bowling a maiden to former Test player Gavin Robertson in his only over.

 

 

 

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