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Today's Birthday, October 8: Australian cricketer Neil Harvey (1928 - )

Today's Birthday, October 8: Australian cricketer Neil Harvey (1928 - ).

Closing in on yet another century, this time in life, the last living member of Don Bradman's post-war 'Invincibles' team Neil Harvey was immortalised in bronze outside the MCG a few years back.

Australian cricket great, arguably the best batsman the nation has ever produced behind Sir Donald Bradman, was honoured in early 2014 with his statue unveiled along the Melbourne venue's avenue of legends.

Almost seven decades on, Harvey retains the enviable record of the youngest Australian player to score a Test century after he smashed 153 against India at the MCG in 1948, aged just 19.

Born in Fitzroy, Melbourne in 1928, the precocious left-hander and athletic fielder went on to represent Victoria, NSW and his country.

One of six brothers who all played cricket, Harvey was still a teenager when he was called up to the 1948 Invincibles - the first Australian team to tour England undefeated - as the side's youngest squad member.

The young gun struggled to cope with English batting conditions early on, but he recovered to lead Australia to a seven-wicket victory in the fourth Test with a critical first-innings ton.

His second tour with the national side, to South Africa aged 21, proved one of the brightest of his illustrious career.

After failing in the first Test of the 1949-50 series, Harvey peeled off a century in each of the following four Tests.

He was Ian Craig's vice-captain through to the late 50s before becoming Richie Benaud's deputy, a pairing which helped reclaim the Ashes in 1959-60.

Harvey hung up the pads in 1963 with 79 Tests, 6149 runs, an average of 48.41, and 21 centuries to his name.

In retirement he became a national selector as well as an outspoken critic of modern cricket, including the sport's deep-seated sledging culture.

Harvey was one of the inaugural inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009, after receiving his place in the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in early 2000.

He has married twice over the years, first to Iris Greenish and later to Barbara McGifford.

Now 89, Harvey is the second oldest living Australian Test cricketer behind former Queensland opening batsman Ken Archer.