Trav­eller’s iden­tity has Payne stumped

Sunday Herald Sun - - CRICKET -

He was just 13 but al­ready close to 190cm and he was sen­sa­tional. His ath­leti­cism was ex­tra­or­di­nary B E N S I MMONS’ J U N I O R A F L C OAC H J O E MEZGEC

YOU never know who you are go­ing to sit next to on a plane, even if you’re a fa­mous Aus­tralian.

Dur­ing a re­cent flight from Mel­bourne to Syd­ney, two well-known iden­ti­ties struck up an en­joy­able con­ver­sa­tion for the en­tire trip, bliss­fully un­aware of the other’s iden­tity.

One, a 32-year-old woman, is known in­ter­na­tion­ally for her deeds two years ago on the first Tues­day in Novem­ber.

The other, a 77-year-old man, is best re­mem­bered for his sport­ing hero­ics 50 years ago against the Old En­emy. It wasn’t un­til the flight’s com­ple­tion that the man asked the woman her name, im­me­di­ately recog­nis­ing (left) as the first woman to ride a Mel­bourne Cup win­ner. But she is still un­aware that her chat­ting part­ner was none other than (in­set), the great Vic­to­rian bats­man who scored 307 against Eng­land at the MCG in 1965-66.

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