AL Hassett



Hassett, Arthur Lindsay

Date of Birth:

28 August 1913 (d 16 June 1993)


1930/31 - 1953/54


South Melbourne, VCA Colts



Batting Style:


Bowling Style:

Right Arm Medium




A debonair, mischievous character who the great cricket writer Ray Robinson described as “Puck

in flannels” was a combination of impish prankster, skilled batsman, clever tactician and sparkling speaker.

He played with South Melbourne in 107 games between 1930/31 and 1953/54, with a minor interruption

of seven games with the Colts in 1933/34. A much-loved figure, he did much to boost sportsmanship in

all ranks of Australian cricket. He scored 4449 runs at an average of 43.19, with an unbeaten 152 the

highest of his 11 centuries in Premier cricket. He scored 122 in a losing final to Melbourne in 1948/49.    

His first-class record was outstanding, scoring at an average of 58.24. He hit 59 centuries and took 170

catches. He had a copybook style and no weaknesses.

Sir Donald Bradman declared he played Bill O’Reilly better than any batsman, which was high praise as

Bradman believed O’Reilly the best bowler he had ever encountered.

He was a natural leader. He was only 167cm (5ft 6ins) and about 63.5kg (10 stone). Born in Geelong in

1913, he and his five brothers played for Newtown. One of them, Dick, later went to South Melbourne

and had eight games for Victoria.

Lindsay was captain of the Geelong College cricket and football teams and Victorian Public Schools

tennis champion. He played in the school’s First XI for five years, starting at 14. He joined South Melbourne

while still at school. He played football for Geelong in the Amateurs, winning the Woodrow Medal for

the best and fairest player in “A” section in 1935 and 1936.

He played one game for Victoria in 1932/33 but was not chosen again until 1935/36 and did not look

back. He joined the AIF for the war. He led Victoria to victory in the 1946/47 Sheffield Shield, leading

by example with an average of 141.75. 

He retired from Test cricket in 1953. Despite the interruption of the war, he played 216 first-class games

between 1932 and 1953. In 43 Tests he scored 3073 runs at 46.56, including 10 centuries. He captained

Australia in 24 Tests. Almost all his Test cricket was played between the ages of 33 and 40 because of the war.

For many years he operated a sports goods store in Melbourne and was a revered commentator for the

ABC. He went to live at Batehaven on the NSW south coast in 1974, and died there in 1993.

In 1990, the VCA launched the Lindsay Hassett Club, a monthly luncheon club to raise funds for

the promotion of junior cricket in the state.

From "100 Not Out" by Rod Nicholson and Ken Williams.


InningsN.O.RunsBatting AvgHigh Score50s100s
11916444943.19152* 2711

RunsWicketsBowling AvgBest5wi10wmCt/St
5661831.443/22  61