REST IN PEACE
Freeman was the 244th Test cricketer for Australia and received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2002 © Getty
Eric Freeman, the former Australian Multilateral Tester, has passed away at the age of 76.
Bowling right-arm fast-middle, Freeman became Australia’s 244th Test cricketer in 1968 when he debuted against India at Gabba. He would go on to play 11 Tests from his 83 great games.
His best performance for Australia came against the Caribbean in 1968-69, when he scored 183 runs averaging 30.50, including two half-centuries, and took 13 wickets per 30.07 per piece. His greatest moment playing for his state came when he headed to South Australia for the Sheffield Shield title with 13 wickets in the final match against New South Wales. He had figures of 8 for 64 in the second inning when he had to bowling with a shortened intensity due to a hamstring injury.
In the off-season, Freeman was a football player for Port Adelaide and played through 116 SANFL games.
Freeman received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2002 for “sports services, particularly cricket as a player, manager and commentator.”
“Eric will forever be remembered as one of the greatest athletes South Australia has ever produced,” said CA chair Earl Eddings. “He was versatile in every sense of the word – powerful with a bat and a ball in cricket and a huge goal kicker with the Magpies in the winter months.
“He remained a popular member of the cricket family after his retirement as a player with commentary roles on the ABC and junior development positions with West Torrens. On behalf of everyone in Australian cricket, we extend our sincere condolences to Eric’s family.”