Ray Lindwall was a key member of the Australian cricket team that toured
England in 1948. Lindwall (3 October 1921 – 23 June 1996) played as a
right-arm opening fast bowler and right-handed batsman in the lower
middle-order. The Australians, who went undefeated in their 34 matches,
were called The Invincibles. Lindwall and Keith Miller formed
Australia's first-choice fast-bowling duo, regarded as one of the best
of all time, and captain Don Bradman typically used them in short bursts
with the new ball. The pair subdued England's leading batsmen for much
of the summer. Lindwall was a capable batsman who made two Test
centuries during his career, and he featured in several rearguard
actions that boosted Australia's scores during the tour. He was one of
two leading wicket-takers in the Tests (with 27), and had the best
bowling average (19.62) and strike rate. Lindwall was chosen as one of
the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
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