Merv Hughes join Australian Hall of Fame

Former Australian fast bowler Merv Hughes became the latest inductee into the Australian Hall of Fame. He played for nine years and represented Australia in 53 tests and 33 One Day Internationals. The Victorian cricketer who dons handlebar moustache has 212 wickets in his bag. He was also the part of the Australian squad in the 1992 World Cup that took place in Australia.

“To come in alongside some of the names that are in there is overwhelming and I’m a little bit emotional,” Hughes said to Cricbuzz on Tuesday. “Now 26 years after I finished playing, to still be recognised, it has blown me away. It’s very humbling.”

He became the Wisden cricketer of the year in 1994. He was Australian team selector between 2005 to 2010.

“Merv Hughes was an icon of the Australian summer for so many of us, a larger-than-life personality, a wonderful international cricketer, an ambassador for the sport and a deserved inductee into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame,” said Peter King, Australian Cricket Hall of Fame Chairman. “A lion-hearted competitor, Merv boasts a proud career for Victoria and Australia in the Test and One Day International arenas, paving the way for an incredible era of Australian cricketing dominance,” he added.

Playing 165 first-class matches, he has 593 wickets and 21 five-wicket hauls. In 14 first-class seasons he represented Victoria, Essex, and the ACT

“Even as synonymous as his on-field record, Merv will be forever remembered as a fan-favourite and his iconic warm-ups close to the boundary, especially at the MCG, that prompted bays of spectators to join in with him at stadiums all over the country. He has left his legacy on the sport in post-career mentorship with modern-day teams, administration roles as a National Selector and the heartbeat of Australian cricket. The Australian Cricket Hall of Fame is delighted to recognise Merv Hughes,” King concluded.

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