Lawry, McKenzie to join Oz cricket Hall of Fame on Monday

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Melbourne, Feb.14 (ANI): Former team-mates Bill Lawry and Graham McKenzie will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame on Monday night.

The pair, who roomed together during the 1961 Ashes tour and whose Test careers ran side by side through the 1960s and early 70s, will be inducted at the Allan Border Medal count.

They will be the 31st and 32nd players inducted since 1996.

Lawry played 67 Tests, including 25 as captain, as a left-handed opener, and scored 5234 runs at 47.15, with 13 centuries.

Now 73, he is equally known as a commentator with the Nine Network.

McKenzie played 60 Tests as a right-arm fast bowler and took 246 wickets at 29.78, with a best return of 8-71.

Both played their first Tests during the 1961 series against England and their last Tests in early 1971. They also played alongside each other in the first one-day international, in 1971, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

They said they were honoured to be inducted, especially together given they were regular team-mates and formed a strong friendship.

"To be given the honour with Bill, it really heartened me because our careers virtually ran parallel, especially in the Test match scene," McKenzie said on Sunday.

"We had many great experiences together and knew each other over those 10, 12 years that we played together," he added.

Lawry had fond memories of that 1961 series, as he and McKenzie - affectionately known as Garth - enjoyed good tours and formed a lasting friendship.

"Today I'd love to be playing for money, particularly Garth, who's pretty tight, he's a true Presbyterian," Lawry said.

"We were playing for nothing but we just loved it and to come back on the ship when you've had a good tour - I made 2,000 runs or something and Garth got all these wickets - and as roommates we just had a wonderful time.

"It didn't get any better than that I guess." (ANI)

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