CRICKET GI­ANT

Inside Sport - - Kit Bag -

The first bats­man to hit a six in Test cricket, Joe Dar­ling is one of the gi­ant fig­ures of cricket’s golden era, best re­mem­bered as a record­break­ing bats­man and out­stand­ing leader of men.

Cap­tain of three Ashes tours to Eng­land in 1899, 1902 and 1905, he guided Aus­tralian cricket through its com­ing of age and cap­tained the most suc­cess­ful Aus­tralian teams in Eng­land un­til Brad­man’s In­vin­ci­bles.

Larger than life, Joe Dar­ling, by his dis­ci­pline and demo­cratic ap­proach, was ad­mired by all crick­eters who served un­der or played against him. Dur­ing the lat­ter part of his life, farm­ing and pol­i­tics in Tas­ma­nia took him to promi­nence, as he ap­plied the same per­sonal at­tributes which had brought him crick­et­ing suc­cess.

A mem­ber of the pi­o­neer­ing Aus­tralian dy­nasty, Joe achieved great­ness like many other renowned Dar­lings through the gen­er­a­tions. A fa­ther of 15 chil­dren, he was a de­voted and lov­ing fam­ily man.

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