Australian cricket is mourning the loss of one of cricket’s best players, Alan Davidson, who passed away peacefully Saturday morning at the age of 92, surrounded by his family. (more cricket news)
Davidson’s death comes less than 24 hours after the death of former Test member Ashley Mallet, who died Friday at the age of 76.
As an outstanding multi-level player for Australia and New South Wales, Alan Davidson leaves a tremendous legacy across all levels of cricket in Australia and wherever the game is played.
Born in Lesaro on the central coast of New South Wales, Davidson has advanced from a homemade little gate on the family property to become a fearsome force as the devastating fast, left-arm bowler and lower middle class batsman in NSW and Australia.
– Bernie Coen (@berniecoen) October 30, 2021
Alan Davidson made his first division debut in NSW during the 1949-50 season and made his test debut on the 1953 Ashes Tour. He went on to play 44 Tests, took 186 wickets at 20.53 with best numbers from 7/93 and scored 1,328 points in 24.5 , with the highest score of 80.
After overcoming a string of injuries, Davidson was at his best in the late 1950s and early 1960s under his schoolboy opponent, fellow NSW and close friend Richie Bennaud.
During the Australian team’s golden period which included three Ashes Series wins as well as successful runs in South Africa and India, Davidson was widely known as the dominant player in the game.
Among Davidson’s many great performances, one can still fondly remember the 80’s faltering innings on the dramatic final day of the 1960 tie test against the West Indies in Brisbane.
Tweet embedAlan Davidson turns 91 years old today!
One of the best cricketers ever; And the greatest Australian footballer ever.
Davo has the best bowling rate of any bowler since World War I (minimum 150 test weeks); And play with an impressive economy average of 1.97 in Test Cricket! pic.twitter.com/CmPXTmLLVX
– CricVestigate (@CricVestigate) 14 June 2020
In that match, Davidson became the first man to score 100 points and take 10 wickets in the same test, despite entering the contest with a broken finger.
As much as his remarkable playing career, Davidson will forever be remembered for the tremendous time he volunteered for cricket, as well as other sports and charitable activities.
This included 33 years as president of Cricket NSW, 20 years as regent of the Sydney Cricket Ground and five years as an Australian Test Setter between 1979-1984.
Among the many awards given to Alan Davidson for his contributions to sport and philanthropy, he was a member of the Australian Sports Hall of Fame and the ICC Hall of Fame, as well as a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1964 and a recipient of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1987.
Richard Fredenstein, President of Cricket Australia, said: “The death of Alan Davidson is a sad moment for Australian cricket and cricket around the world.”
Many would consider the greatest match ever played was the first tie test, with Alan Davidson becoming the first cricketer to score over 100 points and take over 10 weeks to the Test.
– CricVestigate (@CricVestigate) October 30, 2021
“Alan has been a tremendous figure in our game, not only as one of the top players to have represented Australia and NSW, but for the positive impact he has had throughout the game as a responsible, mentor and helpful person.
“The sheer skill and boundless spirit with which Alan embraced cricket and life embodies everything great about the game. He will remain a shining example for every player who follows in his footsteps.
“On behalf of Cricket Australia, and all who have benefited from Alan’s extensive contribution to Australian cricket, I offer my deepest condolences to the Davidson family as well as Alan’s many close friends, colleagues and former teammates.”
(with input from Cricket Australia)