Ashes heroes in ICC Hall of Fame
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:IM Chappell, TW Graveney, PBH May

DateLine: 10th July 2009


Game's apex body, ICC inducted three Ashes heroes, England's Tom Graveney and Peter May and Australia's Ian Chappell into its Hall of Fame.


The induction ceremony was held on Thursday during the tea interval of the first Test between England and Australia.


"Commemorative caps were presented to Graveney, Chappell and May's widow Virginia by the ICC President David Morgan, ECB chairman and ICC director Giles Clarke and former Australia captain and CA Director Allan Border," an ICC release said.


Graveney, May and Chappell are part of a group of 22 Englishmen and 13 Australians within the initial intake of 55 players in the Hall of Fame, a joint venture between the ICC and the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA).


In a career spanning 18 years, Graveney played 79 Tests for England, scoring 4,882 runs, including 11 centuries and finished with an average of 44.83.


"My initial reaction was that I must have been the last of the 55 to have been picked," Graveney said on his induction.


"It is an enormous honour and I feel very fortunate. When you look at the list it is so special and to see some of the great players that I played with and against on that list makes me especially proud," he added.


May played 66 Tests for England in a career spanning 10 years. he scored 4,537 runs, that included 13 centuries and finished with an average of 46.77. He also captained England in a then-record 41 Tests, winning 20 and losing only 10.


He died at his home in Hampshire on December 27, 1994, four days short of his 65th birthday.


May's widow, Virginia, received the cap on behalf of her husband.


"It's a great honour and I am very proud to collect the cap on Peter's behalf. I wish he was here to collect it himself as I know he would also have been very proud," she said.


Ian Chappell appeared in 75 Tests from 1964 to 1980, scoring 5,345 runs, including 14 centuries and finished with an average of 42.42.


" To find yourself in a list that includes such great players is satisfying and humbling," Chappell said.