NSW greats Monty Noble and Stan McCabe were this week inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame.
To coincide with the first ever World Test Championship Final between New Zealand and India, the ICC have announced a special edition intake of 10 inductees into the Hall of Fame.
Noble and McCabe joined fellow International Test greats Aubrey Faulkner (South Africa), Sir Learie Constantine (West Indies), Ted Dexter (England), Vinoo Mankad (India), Desmond Haynes (West Indies), Bob Willis (England), Andy Flower (Zimbabwe) and Kumar Sangakarra (Sri Lanka) as the 10 inductees.
Monty Noble (1873-1940)
Right hand bat, right arm medium, off-break
Monty Noble played 42 Tests for Australia and 248 First Class matches in total.
Noble scored 1,997 Test runs and took 121 wickets and remains the quickest to achieve the 1,000 run/100 wicket double for Australia.
He captained Australia in 15 of his 42 Tests and was a trailblazing captain, abandoning mammoth bowling spells to keep bowlers fresh.
For NSW, he became the first player to score 5,000 First Class runs and second to reach 200 wickets finishing with 230. He averaged just under 50 and a little more than 23 with the ball.
Noble made almost 14,000 First Class runs overall.
A true all-rounder, Noble was a banker and a qualified dentist outside of being a prolific cricketer of that time. He died in 1940.
M.A. Noble stand at the Paddington End of the SCG is named in his honour.
Stan McCabe (1910-1968)
Right hand batsman
Stan McCabe played 39 Tests for Australia scoring 2,748 runs at 48.21. He was a right-handed batsman of the highest class playing three memorable innings as well as defying the “Bodyline tactics” that were predominant at the time within the England camp with 187 not out at the SCG.
His highest Test score of 232 came against England, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham in less than four hours, 1938. Australia made 300.
Of that innings, Bradman remarked to McCabe that if he “could play an innings like that, I’d be a proud man, Stan.”
McCabe scored 4,556 runs for NSW at an average of 54.23 including nine centuries.
He was a prolific run-scorer at the First-Class level scoring 11,951 runs in total at an average of 49.38.
McCabe’s career was terminated by World War II. He died suddenly in 1968 with Wisden describing him as “one of Australia’s greatest and most enterprising batsmen”.
There is a statue in his honour just behind the Members Stand at the SCG.