Arthur Lindsay Hassett MBE
(28 August 1913 – 16 June 1993) was a cricketer
who played for Victoria
. The diminutive Hassett was an elegant middle-order batsman
, described by Wisden
as, "... a master of nearly every stroke ... his superb timing, nimble footwork and strong wrists enabled him to make batting look a simple matter". His sporting career at school singled him out as a precocious talent, but he took a number of seasons to secure a regular place in first-class cricket
and initially struggled to make large scores. Selected for the 1938 tour of England
with only one first-class century to his name, Hassett established himself with three consecutive first-class tons
at the start of the campaign. Although he struggled in the Tests, he played a crucial role in Australia's win in the Fourth Test, with a composed display in the run-chase which sealed the retention of the Ashes
. Upon returning to Australia, he distinguished himself in domestic cricket with a series of high scores, becoming the only player to score two centuries in a match against Bill O'Reilly
—widely regarded as the best bowler in the world.
However, the eruption of World War II
interrupted Hassett's progress. With first-class cricket cancelled, he enlisted in the Second Australian Imperial Force
, serving in the Middle East
and New Guinea
before being chosen to captain the Australian......