Keith Miller, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Keith Miller

Australian cricketer

Date of Birth: 28-Nov-1919

Place of Birth: Sunshine, Victoria, Australia

Date of Death: 11-Oct-2004

Profession: cricketer, Australian rules footballer

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius


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About Keith Miller

  • Keith Ross Miller, (28 November 1919 – 11 October 2004) was an Australian test cricketer and a Royal Australian Air Force pilot during World War II.
  • Miller is widely regarded as Australia's greatest ever all-rounder.
  • Because of his ability, irreverent manner and good looks he was a crowd favourite.
  • English journalist Ian Wooldridge called Miller "the golden boy" of cricket, leading to his being nicknamed "Nugget".
  • He "was more than a cricketer ...
  • he embodied the idea that there was more to life than cricket".A member of the record-breaking Invincibles, at the time of his retirement from Test cricket in 1956, Miller had the best statistics of any all-rounder in cricket history.
  • He often batted high in the order, sometimes as high as number three.
  • He was a powerful striker of the ball, and one straight six that he hit at the Sydney Cricket Ground was still rising when it hit the upper deck of the grandstand.
  • Miller was famous for varying his bowling to bemuse batsmen: he made sparing use of slower deliveries and would often adjust his run-up, surprisingly bowling his fastest deliveries from a short run.
  • He was also a fine fielder and an especially acrobatic catcher in the slips.Away from cricket, Miller was also a successful Australian rules footballer.
  • He played for St Kilda and was selected to represent the Victorian state team.
  • He played 50 games for St Kilda, for whom he kicked eight goals in one game against North Melbourne, during 1941.Miller's personality – love of the contest, rather than victory, and his larger-than-life rebelliousness and carousing – helped both shape and limit his cricketing career, as he espoused the opposite of the more puritanical values of Donald Bradman, his captain and later national selector.
  • Neville Cardus referred to Miller as "the Australian in excelsis"; Daily Mail sportswriter Ian Wooldridge's response was "By God he was right".
  • This status was reflected when Miller was made one of the ten inaugural members of the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.

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