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Thursday, 12 May 1994
Page: 778


Senator CRANE (4.28 p.m.) —I too would like to join in paying tribute to Allan Border. I am interested in the game as a bush cricketer, and, like Chappie, I still like to have the odd game. What Allan Border epitomised to me was his `never say die' attitude. It did not matter what the situation was. I well remember listening to the commentary on the match in the West Indies when he made 98 not out against the might of the West Indies in an incredible innings.

  Other things that come to mind were his 200 in England. But to me the most vivid memory was his leadership in the last one day game in South Africa when Australia was gone; it was done. All who were watching that game thought that it was all over. But somehow or another, out of the depths of that game, he inspired his team-mates around him again with that `never say die' attitude. He picked up the team's spirits, and we won that game and equalised the series. I pay tribute to Allan Border, his wife and his family. I wish them well in their retirement. Who knows what life will bring to Allan Border?

  Question resolved in the affirmative.