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Name:
Loxton, Samuel J E
Nickname:
Sam
Date of Birth:
29-03-1921
Place of Birth:
Albert Park, Melb
Career:
Test: 1948 - 1951
Teams:
Australia (Country)
VIC (Regional)

1951: Mystery spinner Jake Iverson skittles England (SCG)

Howstat Statistics:
Test Career
Player profile:

Sam Loxton: Gentleman, allrounder and politician

Loxton, Samuel J E

Of all the members of the famous 1948 Invincibles team, Sam Loxton had the closest relationship with its skipper, Sir Donald Bradman. This friendship continued unabated for over 50 years until the passing away of Loxton's great hero on 25 February 2001.

A sign of the strength of this special relationship was that Loxton was the only person who could call The Don by his nickname "George" and get away with it.

Loxton was the oldest living Australia cricketer at the time of his demise at the age of 90 on 3 December 2011.

Loxton was a unique Australian who reached the highest echelons in 3 different disciplines - as a cricketer, footballer and politician.

His greatest feat was making the 1948 Ashes tour to England that achieved immortality afterwards. He was also an elegant story teller and raconteur of the very highest order, keeping many large crowds entertained with a sharp turn of wit, even in his later years when he was deemed legally blind.

Loxton played in 12 Tests, and scored 554 runs at an average of 43.62. His total of eight wickets for 349 runs was less impressive. His record in all first-class matches was 6,249 runs at an average of 36.97, and 232 wickets at 25.73 each.

For 24 years from 1955 Loxton was a Liberal-Country member of the state Parliament of Victoria. But he never drifted far from cricket, serving as an Australian selector from 1970 to 1981. He then retired to Queensland’s Gold Coast, where he umpired and coached in local cricket.


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