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Cricket legend Keith Miller dies

Reporter: John Hayes Bell

TONY JONES: One of Australia's cricket greats, Keith Miller, has died at the age of 84.

One of the game's best all-rounders, Miller played in Don Bradman's 'Invincibles' team of 1948 and
captivated crowds around the world with his flamboyant approach to the game and to life.

His family announced today he'd died peacefully at a Victorian nursing home.

John Hayes Bell reports.

JOHN HAYES BELL: As a young man, Keith Miller had eyes for the track.

If he'd stayed small, he had his heart set on being a jockey, A fighter pilot in World War II, like
so many others, he had to put thoughts of a cricket career on hold for five years.


"I'll tell you what pressure is."

He said, "Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your arse," he said.

"Playing cricket is not."

JOHN HAYES BELL: But he went on to become one of Australia's cricket legends, arguably the best
all-rounder the country has ever produced.

Miller scored a century on first-class debut for Victoria.

Later, he moved to NSW - he said as a matter of economic necessity.

Yet his passion for football may have robbed cricket of his talents.

KEITH MILLER: I was a better footballer than a cricketer.

Thank you very much.

JOHN HAYES BELL: Without question the greatest all-rounder of his era, Miller made his Test debut
against New Zealand straight after the Second World War, before he toured England as a young man
under Don Bradman in 1948.

A magnificent attacking batsman, he played 55 Tests, averaging 37.

But it was his lethal fast bowling combination with the late Ray Lindwall which helped put
Australia on top in Test cricket.

He claimed 170 Test scalps at 22.97.

He never faded from public life.

A noted public speaker, journalist and raconteur, Miller also made a name for himself as a cricket
commentator, working alongside staff at the ABC and in commentary boxes around the world.

He would have turned 85 next month.

John Hayes Bell, Lateline.