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Cricket legend Keith Miller dies

By John Salvado 11/10/2004 09:39:55 PM Comments (0)

Australia's greatest cricket all-rounder and former WWII pilot Keith Miller has died. He was aged 84.

Miller earned his nickname "Nugget" after being labelled the golden boy for the way he lit up cricket in the post-war years.

His record of 2,958 runs at an average of 36.97 and 170 wickets at 22.97 from 55 Tests were impressive by any standards.

But the general consensus was that they did not go close to doing justice to his extraordinary talent.

Miller had the perfect answer when asked if he ever felt under pressure on the cricket field.

"Pressure, I'll tell you what pressure is," he said.

"Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your arse, playing cricket is not," he said in reference to his combat experience.

Australia's oldest living Test cricketer Bill Brown was captain when Miller made a belated Test debut against New Zealand in 1946.

"He was the finest allrounder I came into contact with - he could bat, bowl, field and he could fly an aeroplane," Brown said.

"You could bat him anywhere you want to, he was a strong hitter of the ball, he had a very good pair of hands - especially in close - and you could always give him the new ball with confidence.

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