MATES AT THE GATE
FORMER prime minister John Howard paid tribute to Arthur Morris yesterday, saying he would miss sharing the legendary batsman’s company during the Sydney Test in January.
Howard was among the 200 guests who passed through the Arthur Morris Gates at the SCG to pay their respects to one of Australia’s greatest left-handers.
Morris died last month following a hip operation, just days after the SCG named the set of gates in his honour. He was 93.
Former Australian captains Michael Clarke and Ian Chappell joined Morris’ wife Judith at the service, along with the last surviving member of Don Bradman’s “Invincibles”, Neil Harvey.
“I admired Arthur enormously as a cricketer because I’m old enough to have seen him play quite a lot,” Howard said.
Harvey said the loss of his friend and former teammate had made him feel like “a shag on a rock”, now that he was the last remaining member of the great 1948 Ashes side that went unbeaten in all 34 of their tour matches.
“He’ll always be remembered for his generosity ... he gave all his time to helping other people,” Harvey said.