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Legend Miller to be accorded state funeral

Published: Wednesday, October 13, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Sydney:Australian cricketing legend Keith Miller will be given a state funeral next week after passing away at the age of 84, officials said.

Victorian State Premier Steve Bracks said the funeral would be held Wednesday in Melbourne, Miller's home town. Miller, rated one of cricket's greatest and most entertaining all-rounders, died Monday at a Victorian nursing home.

He was a member of Don Bradman's Invincibles, the national cricket team that toured England undefeated in 1948.

A magnificent attacking batsman, Miller averaged almost 37 in 55 Tests and claimed 170 wickets at 22.97. He retired after the 1956 tour to England.

"Keith Miller was one of the greatest sportsmen our state has produced," Bracks said on Wednesday. I'm sure many Victorians will want to join together in celebrating his life."

In another sign of respect for Miller, Australia's cricket team will wear black armbands when they open their second Test against India in Madras on Thursday.

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