Arthur Morris (second from right) and Neil Harvey (last from right) were till recently the only survivors from the 1948 Invincibles squad © Getty Images
Arthur Morris (second from right) and Neil Harvey (last from right) were, till the former’s passing, the only survivors from the legendary ‘Invincibles’ squad of 1948 © Getty Images

Late Australian batsman Arthur Morris received an emotional farewell at his beloved Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). A number of dignitaries, including politicians, former, Test captains, and journalists, attended the memorial. The opening batsman, who was at the non-striker’s end when the great Don Bradman was bowled for a duck in his final innings, passed away a month ago at the ripe age of 93. New South Wales Governor David Hurley called Morris a “true gentleman.” Hurley said, “He was a great sportsman and one of the greats of international cricket.” READ: Arthur Morris, member of Don Bradman’s ‘Invincibles’, passes away at 93

According to a report by abc.net.au, Neil Harvey — now the last survivor of Australia’s iconic ‘Invincibles‘ squad of 1948 — said of his old friend, “He was a great sportsman and one of the greats of international cricket…A couple of words, perfect gentleman. Both on and off the field he was superb. His behaviour was impeccable and he’s been a credit to this game of cricket since he first started playing the game until the day he left it. His back-foot play was superb, something they don’t do today — they all get on the front foot today, but he was a back-foot player and superb at it. No matter what stage the game was at, whether you needed to defend or attack, he could do both. He was the complete batsman. He proved that over his years and I was delighted to play with him.” READ: Arthur Morris — the elegant genius

Greg Melick, one of Morris’ friends, said of him that Morris was “the most modest, self-effacing gentleman you’d ever hope to know.” The next Test played at Sydney will be the first one for 78 years that Morris will not attend as player, spectator, or commentator. READ: Cricket Australia pays tribute to Arthur Morris