Year Awarded: 2002
Sport: Cricket
Team Sport Australia Award

The Invincibles (Cricket) - 1948

Led by the inspirational Sir Donald Bradman, the Australian Cricket team that left Australian shores in 1948 is arguably one of the greatest sporting teams in our nation’s history. After a five month, 34-match tour of the United Kingdom, including five Test matches against archrivals and traditional foe England, the Australian team returned to home soil undefeated. They were ‘invincible’.

This group of 17 men represented the hopes and spirits of a country ravaged by war. They displayed the fighting qualities that typified the Australian culture to achieve the unthinkable against the odds.

Their place in history is reserved not only for the individual and collective achievements of the team, but for the spirit, pride and commitment they showed in building the Australian sporting tradition.

Ashes Tour

Sir Donald Bradman

Team Members: S G Barnes, W A Brown, R A Hamence, R N Harvey, A L Hassett, I W Johnson, W A Johnston, R R Lindwall, S J E Loxton, C L McCool, K R Miller, A R Morris, D T A Ring, R A Saggers, D Tallon, E H R Toshack

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.