Twelve players will be inducted at Steve Waugh Medal April 3, 2008

New South Wales opens Hall of Fame

Cricinfo staff



Richie Benaud will receive another award when he enters New South Wales' Hall of Fame © Getty Images

The 12 members of New South Wales' team of the past 150 years will be the first inductees of the state's Hall of Fame when it is opened on Friday night. Richie Benaud, Alan Davidson, Steve Waugh and Bob Simpson will attend the event, which coincides with the Steve Waugh Medal, and the concept will be extended with two men and one woman being added each year.

"Cricket NSW is delighted to introduce its own Hall of Fame," David Gilbert, the chief executive, said. "We feel this is a fitting way to acknowledge the contributions of the great cricketers that have represented New South Wales and to recognise their achievements wearing the famous baggy blue cap."

The state's team of the past 150 years was named in 2007 and players had to have made their first-class debut for the Blues. Only their performances for New South Wales counted so there were no spot for Glenn McGrath, who spent most of his career on international duty.

The team Arthur Morris, Bob Simpson, Don Bradman, Victor Trumper, Charlie Macartney, Steve Waugh, Billy Murdoch (wk), Richie Benaud, Alan Davidson, Ray Lindwall, Charles Turner, Bill O'Reilly.