The Australian cricketer Neil Harvey toured England in 1948 as a member
of "The Invincibles" – so-called as they were undefeated in their
34 tour matches, an unprecedented feat. Aged 19, Harvey (pictured in
1953) was the youngest player of the touring party. An attacking left-
handed middle-order batsman who was the youngest Australian to score a
Test century, he struggled early in the tour. After being omitted from
the first-choice team in the first half of the tour, Harvey's
performances improved with his increasing familiarity with local
conditions and he was called into the team for the Fourth Test at
Headingley. Harvey scored 112 in a first innings counter-attack to keep
Australia in contention, and hit the winning runs in the second innings.
He retained his place for the Fifth Test, ending the series with 133
runs at a batting average of 66.50. Overall, Harvey was sixth on the
tour team's run-scoring aggregates and seventh in the batting averages.
Harvey was an acrobatic fielder, regarded as the best in the Australian
team, and took several acclaimed catches throughout the tour. He took 17
catches for the tour and claimed a solitary wicket with his occasional
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