23 October 2015
Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister had a great love of cricket. In fact he was so passionate about the game, he created his own. Sir Robert Menzies would be delighted to know that his name is still associated with a popular annual cricket event based on the inaugural Prime Minister’s XI played against the West Indies in 1951.
In recognition of Sir Robert’s role in establishing the PM’s XI Match, the Menzies Memorial Trophy, designed by Stuart Devlin, has been presented to the winning team since 2005.
The Menzies Foundation also provides a medallion for the Man-of-the-Match at the PM’s XI fixture.
Today ‘Mr Cricket’, Mike Hussey, is leading the Australian team against New Zealand in the Prime Minister’s XI at Manuka Oval in Canberra.
We will bring you photos of the team reception and award presentations soon. In the meantime, you can follow the game with Cricket Australia.
The photo of the trophy is provided courtesy of Noel Lane, Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.