25 Mar 2010

Only three players still alive from Don Bradman's legendary 1948

6:47 pm on 25 March 2010

The roll of Australian cricket's Invincibles has shrunk to three, with the death of Australia's oldest Test player Ron Hamence.

Hamence, who toured England with Don Bradman's legendary 1948 team without playing a Test, died yesterday in Adelaide.

He was 94.

Hamence made his debut against England in 1947 and played three Tests, with a top score of 30 not out.

He had the distinction of making a century in his first and last first-class matches for South Australia.

His death leaves Sam Loxton, 88, Arthur Morris, 88, and Neil Harvey, 81, as the only survivors of the team that toured England undefeated to mark the end of Bradman's career.