Sir Robert Menzies had an abiding passion for cricket, making it a natural item in any Menzies remembrance program. The Menzies Foundation has supported various cricket-related activities since its inception in 1979.
First played in 1951 when Sir Robert Menzies selected a side to play the touring English team, the Prime Minister's XI Cricket Match has now been an annual summer fixture for more than 30 years.
Menzies Memorial Trophy
Designed by Stuart Devlin, the Menzies Memorial Trophy was displayed most recently at the Australian Prime Ministers' Centre at Old Parliament House, Canberra. It depicts eleven cricketers in various aspects of the game. The trophy is presented at the annual Prime Minister's XI matches at Canberra's Manuka Oval.
The trophy was also presented to the winning team at five Menzies Memorial Cricket Matches between Victoria and the England XI team.
PM's XI Man-of-the-Match Medallion
In recognition of Sir Robert Menzies' role in establishing the Prime Minister's XI cricket matches in 1951, the Foundation has since 2005 provided a Stuart Devlin medallion for the man-of-the-match at the Prime Minister's XI match. The medallion features eleven cricketers in various aspects of the game and is a replica of the Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Cricket Trophy.