Australia's Sport Hall of Fame has another worthy member after Cricket Australia announced former Australian batsmen Bill Lawry as the latest inductee.
To many Australian youngsters Lawry is one of the voices of cricket on television's Channel Nine but he also enjoyed a fantastic playing career for both Australia and his state side Victoria. In a career which spanned 17 years, from 1956 to 1972, the left-handed opener scored over 18,700 runs in 249 first-class matches. During his first-class career Lawry hit 50 centuries and 100 centuries and ended with an average of just over 50.
Internationally Lawry is regarded as one of the greatest openers of all time. He began his international career in 1961 and during the next ten years Lawry played 67 Tests for his country, scoring over 5,000 runs at an average over 47, with 13 centuries. He also captained his country on 25 occasions, winning nine, drawing eight and losing eight of his games in charge.
Lawry, now 77, has been part of Channel Nine's commentary team for over 30 years and has proved to be a hit with viewers alongside other greats, such as Richie Benaud and Tony Greig. Cricket Australia's Chief Executive James Sutherland was full of praise for Lawry when he spoke to Australian media.
“Bill was one of the finest opening batsmen the game has seen and is part of an elite group who had the privilege of captaining his country,” Sutherland said.
“However Bill has made just as big an impact off the field as one of the most well known and loved cricket characters in the country through his long and fruitful association with the Nine Network."
Australia's Sport Hall of Fame already has some legendary cricketers included in it. Richie Benaud, Alan Border, Rod Marsh, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Steve Waugh to name just a few. Lawry will be a worthy addition to this group. In 2010 Lawry was also inducted into Australia's Cricket Hall of Fame.