The three most recent captains of the Australian Men’s Test Cricket Team have been immortalised in Cootamundra.
NSW Nationals Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke unveiled bronze busts of Shane Watson, Steve Smith and Tim Paine at the Cricket Captains Walk in Cootamundra, which showcases every test captain beginning with Unaarrimim (Johnny Mullah), who led the Aboriginal cricket team on their 1868 tour of England.
Ms Cooke said the busts continue to be an important tourist attraction for Cootamundra and a vivid record of the nation’s cricket leaders.
“Cootamundra has a proud cricketing tradition as the birthplace of Don Bradman, and one time home of Bill Murdoch, celebrating of that history is part of what makes Coota unique,” Ms Cooke said.
“I am very proud to be unveiling these new additions, celebrating living legends which will no doubt continue to draw visitors to the region.”
Former Cootamundra Shire Mayor Paul Braybrooks was the driving force behind the Captain’s Walk and said he was pleased the new busts had been added.
“The idea for the Walk came from seeing the busts of the Prime Ministers in Ballarat, we thought it would be lovely idea with the cricketing connection in Cootamundra,” Mr Braybrooks said.
“It is a great companion to the Bradman Birthplace museum as a tourist attraction for cricket lovers and Australians in general.
“I congratulate the CGRC on continuing the funding for this facility.”