Australian cricket legend Arthur Morris, who was part of Sir Don Bradman's famous 'Invincibles' side of 1948, breathed his last on Saturday, 22 August. The former left-handed opening batsman died at the age of 93.
Morris has been one of the biggest pillars in Australian cricket and the tragic news has left fans and cricket aficionados around the world shocked and emotional.
"We have sadly lost a cherished link with our past," said Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards.
"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.
"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 became a member of Australia's Test team of the century in 2000 and was inducted in the Australian Cricket hall of fame the following year.
One of the highlights of his career has been the 1948 Ashes Series (Australian tour of England). Morris, who was born in Sydney's Bondi suburb, scored 196 at The Oval in an innings, which was in fact the last Test match for Sir Bradman.
Bradman scored a duck in that innings.
Morris averaged 46.48 runs in Test cricket and the former captain made 3,533 runs from 46 Test matches in his career. He retired at the age of 34 with a highest score of 206 against England in Adelaide in 1950-51.
A host of cricketers and fans paid tribute to Morris on social media:
Cricket Australia extends its deepest sympathies to the Morris family following the sad passing of Test legend Arthur, aged 93. Vale.— Cricket Australia (@CAComms) August 21, 2015
One of the true legends and gentlemen of the game. Arthur Morris RIP champion,our thoughts are with his wife Judith and family at this time.— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) August 22, 2015
Poetic that Arthur Morris has passed away during an Oval Ashes Test. Made his highest score there, 206, in Bradman's last match in 1948.— Glenn Mitchell (@MitchellGlenn) August 22, 2015
One of the great honours of my life was to discuss cricket in Arthur Morris's sitting room. His humility exceeded only by his greatness. RIP— Aaron Kearney (@aaronkearneyaus) August 21, 2015