ACB pays tribute to the late Doug Ring

Australian Cricket Board

June 25, 2003

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The Australian Cricket Board today extended its condolences and deepest sympathy to the family of former Australian Test all-rounder Doug Ring, who passed away on Monday (23 June), aged 84.

Mr Ring, a member of the late Sir Donald Bradman's 1948 Invincibles side, made his debut for Australia in the fifth Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1948 - along with Invincibles team mate Sam Loxton.

A valuable right-hand batsman and leg-break bowler, Mr Ring played 13 Tests for Australia scoring 426 runs at an average of 22.42 and took 35 wickets at 37.28 a-piece.

Mr Ring also enjoyed a successful first-class career spanning 14 years (1938-39 to 1952-53), in which he made 3418 runs and captured 451 wickets.

ACB Chairman Bob Merriman extended his condolences to the Ring family.

"Australian cricket has this week lost a valuable member of its community with the passing of Doug Ring," said Mr Merriman.

"On behalf of the Australian Cricket Board, I extend sincere condolences to the Ring family.

"Doug represented his country, state and club with pride and distinction and will long be remembered for the role he played on Australia's 1948 tour of England under the late Sir Donald Bradman."

Mr Ring is survived by his wife Lesley, three children, six grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The loss of another member of Australia's 1948 team follows the passing of Mr Ernie Toshack last month, aged 88, and Sir Donald Bradman in February 2001, aged 92.

There are now seven surviving members of the undefeated 1948 team that toured England - Bill Brown, Ron Hammence, Neil Harvey, Bill Johnston, Sam Loxton, Keith Miller and Arthur Morris.

Australia's 197 living Test cricketers will be honoured at a Test Cricketers' Cap Presentation reunion at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 11 July.

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