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Old October 12, 2004, 03:28 AM
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Default Tribute to a great cricketer

Tribute to Keith Miller, A Great Cricketer

Keith Miller, the most charismatic Australian cricketer of his generation, has died in a nursing home on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne. He was 84, and had been in poor health for some time.

I introduce this thread to pay tribute from Bangladecricket to this great legendary Australian cricketer.

Tributes from Cricket-Celebrities:
"Miller was my hero and he was the greatest allrounder I ever played with or against."
Richie Benaud who bowled alongside Miller for New South Wales and Australia

"The Errol Flynn of the game."
Former team-mate and Test allrounder Alan Davidson

"I was in Keith's shadow all my career ... and it was a pretty big shadow."
Sam Loxton remembers a fellow Invincible

"He was the finest allrounder I came into contact with he could bat, bowl, field and he could fly an aeroplane. I know he flew Mosquitoes and they were in the thick of the action, and I admire him for that very much."
Miller's former captain and Australia's oldest living Test player Bill Brown

"He's what you call a man's man ... he lived life to the full. England thought the world of Keith."
Sir Alec Bedser who played against Miller in five Ashes series

"A superstar in his own era."
Steve Waugh

"Keith Miller was the ultimate Australian sportsman. He played cricket and Australian Rules football at the highest level. The stories about his sporting exploits are legendary. He was a wonderful man."
Shane Warne who, like Miller, played cricket for Victoria and Australia and Australian rules football for St Kilda

"Keith Miller gave strength to Bradman's invincibles. The greatest thing about him was the unpredictable nature of his bowling. He would come from a long run-up and bowl slow an offcutter or a legbreak. At other times he would bowl with genuine speed and hostility from just a few paces. While Ray Lindwall was more steady and accurate, Miller always wanted to surprise batsmen."
Vijay Hazare, the former Indian captain.

"They say that it is impossible to compare generations, but I can say with certainty that Keith Miller would have been one of Australia's biggest stars today, just as he was during his career."
Ricky Ponting

"Keith Miller was a genuine legend, a man whose dashing approach helped cricket regain its place in the public affection after the dark years of World War II."
Cricket Australia chairman Bob Merriman

"He was tall and broad with a spectacular mane of black hair. He was something to behold bowling fast and furiously from his long run, batting with characteristic abandon or running at speed to take an improbable catch or fielding with flair. He was the definitive all-rounder."
The Australian

"Stories about him became legion. One, probably apocryphal, has it that Don Bradman answered a knock on his door one night to be met by a dinner-suited Miller, who was doing his captain the courtesy of saying he had been in bed at curfew, as demanded by Bradman and was now going out."
The Age

"It is hard to know whether his fame owes more to his cricket or his character, and it is probably futile to debate it. They were both important parts of the package.

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Edited on, October 12, 2004, 8:34 AM GMT, by Sam.

Edited on, October 12, 2004, 12:35 PM GMT, by chinaman.
Reason: Please do not use all caps. Thank you.
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Old October 12, 2004, 04:20 AM
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Yes very sad to see him pass on. He was easily the best all rounder Australia has seen. He took 170 test wickets at an average of 22. Had a batting average of 36. That is class.
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Old October 12, 2004, 07:19 AM
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He was one of the first genuine all rounders in test cricket and one of the earlier flamboyant characters to have graced the game with his presence.
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