View Full Version : Passing of an Aussie Hero

10-13-2004, 04:09 AM
Announced yesterday was the passing on Oct 11 of Australian cricketing great Keith Miller, age 84.

Described as a "swashbuckling" character, Miller is considered Australia's greatest cricketing all rounder. (And so as not to be OT) he was also a former World War II fighter/bomber pilot, flying Mosquitos over Europe during the big one.

When asked if he felt pressure on the cricket field in test matches, Miller had the perfect answer: "Pressure? I'll tell you what pressure is," he said "Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your ar$e, playing cricket is not."

(For those Aussies, Poms et al who don't know what cricket is; you need to get out more. Americans are excused!)

Vale Keith Miller.

Vale also to another courageous "flyer" Christopher Reeve; a truly super man.

(Even the geekiest of computer geeks should know who he is. Noone is excused!)

10-13-2004, 04:39 AM
Sounds like Australia lost a treasure. A heartfelt salute goes to him, and all who knew him, or of him.

Christopher Reeves was a blow as well. From what I understand he had regained 70% of his feeling back, as well as some definite motor function in areas that they thought were gone.

On a lighter note:
I'm an American and I know what cricket is, but as an American, I find it to be one of the most confusing games to listen to the scores. Any game that breaks for lunch and lasts for more than 3 days is a bit much for me at this point. But I'd be willing to give it a go sometime to try it out. It looks fun.

10-13-2004, 05:18 AM
RIP mate http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

10-13-2004, 07:15 AM
Jeez, Ken Caminiti also died. This is a rough time. Hope they all RIP. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

10-16-2004, 02:12 AM
Here's a little more info on Keith Miller...

Australian cricketers mourn the loss of one of their 'invincibles'
October 12, 2004

Melbourne: Australian Keith Miller, one of cricket's greatest all-rounders in one of the best teams ever, and one of the game's most colourful characters, died at the age of 84 yesterday.

Miller, one of the leading players in Don Bradman's 1948 Ashes-winning side, died at a nursing home on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne, Cricket Australia said in a statement.

"Nugget" Miller was regarded as Australia's best all-rounder. The right-armer took 170 wickets at an average of 22.97 in 55 Tests from March 1946 to October 1956, scoring 2 958 runs at 36.97 - including seven centuries.

"The stats, however, can't convey Miller's charisma, his presence and his powerful personality,' Cricket Australia said in a statement.

"A bomber pilot with the Royal Air Force, Miller was to become one of the most popular, dashing and successful of post-war cricketers.

"Miller announced himself with 185 for the Dominions against England at Lord's in August 1945 and went on to become a key member of Bradman's Invincibles of 1948.

"He formed a formidable new- ball partnership with Ray Lindwall and was still good enough, at 36, to take 10 wickets in a Test against England at Lord's."

Fans of Test cricket in the 1940s and 50s would recall Miller turning at the end of his bowling mark, pausing briefly to fold the sleeve on his right arm and flicking his mop of black hair back on his brow before gliding towards the crease for another fiery delivery.

In 2000 Australia named Miller at number six in their team of the century. He is also one of only two Australia players honoured with portraits at the Long Room at Lord's. Bradman is the other.

One of the most famous stories about Miller's swashbuckling attitude to life was his apparent instruction to team- mates when captaining New South Wales in a first-class match.

After he was told he had 12 players on the field, Miller said: "One of you blokes (get) off and the rest scatter."

Cricket Australia Chairman Bob Merriman said it was this attitude that had endeared Miller to the public.

"Keith Miller was a man whose dashing approach helped cricket regain its place in the public affection after the dark years of World War 2," Merriman said in a statement.

"He was one of those rare athletes who could turn a game with bat, ball or with an impossible catch.

"But more important, he was a man who understood that the game, great as it is, is just a game, and he played it that way." - Reuters