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The Cricket Captains' Walk is a collection of specially commissioned bronze busts of Test captains of the Australian men’s national cricket team, arrayed on pedestals on either side of a looping path set in a large public park in Cootamundra, New South Wales. The all-weather path, which starts and ends at Wallendoon Street is family, jogger, and wheelchair friendly, and approximately 250 metres long.

Coota Captains Walk
Cricket Captains' Walk


History

The Walk was planned and executed by the Cootamundra Shire Council (now Cootamundra–Gundagai Regional Council) with the approval of the Australian Cricket Board (now Cricket Australia).

  • Stage 1, unveiled on 30 August 1998, comprised the likenesses of Unaarrimin (Johnny Mullagh), Dave Gregory, Bill Murdoch, Arthur Morris, Richie Benaud, Bobby Simpson, Bill Lawry, Ian Chappell, Greg Chappell, Allan Border and Mark Taylor. Modelling of these busts was performed by Carl Valerius, sculptor and stone mason of Harden–Murrumburrah, perhaps best known for his bronze statues at the Australian Light Horse Memorial in Harden–Murrumburrah, notably the horse "Bill the Bastard", of which the full size version is expected to be completed in 2020.

The nearby statue by Valerius (shown below) of Bradman in action was unveiled during the celebrations for "Sir Don"'s 92nd Birthday in August 2000. A minor mystery surrounds the Brian Booth sculpture, similar in style to others by Valerius, but not credited in the official documentation. There is no obvious clue in the plaques, which have been commendably uniform in style and execution over 30 years.

  • Stage 2, comprising the remaining 30 captains, was unveiled by the sculptor Tom Bass on 27 August 2008, the centenary of Bradman's birth barely a kilometre away. Much of this work was performed by Bass and his team. His bust of Bradman was unveiled by the cricketer's grandson, Tom Bradman.
  • Stage 3, unveiled on 12 March 2020, brought the walk up-to-date with the unveiling of three new busts - Shane Watson, Steve Smith and Tim Paine and a plaque for Michael Clarke, who was mid-career when the second tranche of busts were commissioned. All three were made by the Tom Bass sculpture studio.

The busts

Work Name Specialty Tests as Captain Plaque Artist Notes
Bust of Johnny Mullagh.jpg Johnny Mullagh, traditional name Unaarrimin or Unaarrimmim Led Australian Aboriginal cricket team in England in 1868 Coota plaque Mullagh.jpg Carl Valerius Sponsored by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
Bust of Dave Gregory.jpg Dave Gregory 3 Tests
1876–77
1878–79
Coota plaque Dave Gregory.jpg Carl Valerius Sponsored by Goldenfields Water County Council
Bust of Billy Murdoch.jpg Billy Murdoch RH batsman 16 Tests
1880–1890
Coota plaque Billy Murdoch.jpg Carl Valerius Murdoch was a practising solicitor in Cootamundra in 1881. Sponsored by Australia Post
Bust of Tom Horan.jpg Tom Horan RH batsman
Bowler
2 Tests
1884–85
Coota plaque Tom Horan.jpg Robert Pratten
Bust of Hugh Massie.jpg Hugh Massie RH batsman 1 Test
1884–85
Coota plaque Hugh Massie.jpg Bernice Lowe
Bust of Jack Blackham.jpg Jack Blackham Wicketkeeper
RH batsman
8 Tests
1884–85
1891–92
1893
1894–95
Coota plaque Jack Blackham.jpg Karen Alexander
Bust of Tup Scott.jpg Tup Scott RH batsman
Bowler
3 Tests
1886
Coota plaque Tup Scott.jpg Damien Lucas
Bust of Percy McDonnell.jpg Percy McDonnell RH batsman 6 Tests
1886–87
Coota plaque Percy McDonnell.jpg Wendy Black
Bust of George Giffen.jpg George Giffen RH batsman
Bowler
4 Tests
1894–95
Coota plaque George Giffen.jpg Michael Christie & Sue Alexopoulos
Bust of Harry Trott.jpg Harry Trott RH batsman
Bowler
8 Tests
1896
1897–98
Coota plaque Harry Trott.jpg Damien Lucas
Bust of Joe Darling.jpg Joe Darling LH batsman 21 Tests
1901–02
1902
1902–03
1905
Coota plaque Joe Darling.jpg Lea Ferris
Bust of Hugh Trumble.jpg Hugh Trumble RH batsman
Bowler
2 Tests
1901–02
Coota plaque Hugh Trumble.jpg Sue Alexopoulos
Bust of Monty Noble.jpg Monty Noble RH batsman
Bowler
15 Tests
1903–04
1907–08
1909
Coota plaque Monty Noble.jpg Carol Crawford
Bust of Clem Hill.jpg Clem Hill LH batsman 10 Tests
1910–11
Coota plaque Clem Hill.jpg Bernice Lowe
Bust of Syd Gregory.jpg Syd Gregory RH batsman 6 Tests
1912
Coota plaque Syd Gregory.jpg Michael Christie
Bust of Warwick Armstrong.jpg Warwick Armstrong RH batsman
Bowler
10 Tests
1920–21
Coota plaque Warwick Armstrong.jpg Christine Crimmins
Bust of Herbie Collins.jpg Herbie Collins RH batsman 11 Tests
1921–22
1924–25
1926
Coota plaque Herbie Collins.jpg BJ (Beomjin) Kim
Bust of Warren Bardsley.jpg Warren Bardsley LH batsman 2 Tests
1926
Coota plaque Warren Bardsley.jpg Peter Bartlett
Bust of Jack Ryder.jpg Jack Ryder RH batsman
Bowler
5 Tests
1928–29
Coota plaque Jack Ryder.jpg Julieanne Mahony
Bust of Bill Woodfull.jpg Bill Woodfull RH batsman 25 Tests
1930
1930–31
1931–32
1932–33
1934
Coota plaque Bill Woodfull.jpg Virginia Lloyd–Tait
Bust of Vic Richardson.jpg Vic Richardson RH batsman
Slips fieldsman
5 Tests
1935–36
Coota plaque Vic Richardson.jpg Robert Pratten
Bust of Don Bradman.jpg Don Bradman RH batsman 24 Tests
1936–37
1938
1946–47
1947–48
1948
Coota plaque Don Bradman.jpg Tom Bass
Bust of Bill Brown.jpg Bill Brown RH opening batsman 1 Test
1945–46
Coota plaque Bill Brown.jpg Karen Alexander
Bust of Lindsay Hassett.jpg Lindsay Hassett RH batsman
Bowler
24 Tests
1951–52
1952–53
1953
Coota plaque Lindsay Hassett.jpg Petrena Shaw
Bust of Arthur Morris.jpg Arthur Morris LH batsman 2 Tests
1951–52
1954–55
Coota plaque Arthur Morris.jpg Carl Valerius
Bust of Ian Johnson.jpg Ian Johnson RH batsman
Bowler
17 Tests
1954–55
1956
1956–57
Coota plaque Ian Johnson.jpg Janet Coyne
Bust of Ray Lindwall.jpg Ray Lindwall RH Bowler
Lower-order batsman
1 Test
1956–57
Coota plaque Ray Lindwall.jpg Michael Christie
Bust of Ian Craig.jpg Ian Craig RH batsman 5 Tests
1957–58
Coota plaque Ian Craig.jpg Peter Bartlett
Bust of Richie Benaud.jpg Richie Benaud RH batsman
Leg spin bowler
28 Tests
1958–1964
Coota plaque Richie Benaud.jpg Carl Valerius
Bust of Neil Harvey.jpg Neil Harvey LH batsman
Cover fieldsman
1 Test
1961
Coota plaque Neil Harvey.jpg Bernice Lowe
Bust of Bob Simpson.jpg Bob Simpson RH opening batsman
Leg spin bowler
Slips fieldsman
39 Tests
1963–1978
Coota plaque Bob Simpson.jpg Carl Valerius
Bust of Brian Booth.jpg Brian Booth RH batsman 2 Tests
1965–1966
Coota plaque Brian Booth.jpg
Bust of Bill Lawry.jpg Bill Lawry LH opening batsman 25 Tests
1967–1971
Coota plaque Bill Lawry.jpg Carl Valerius Sponsored by the City of Darebin, Victoria, who have a replica in their council chambers.
Bust of Barry Jarman.jpg Barry Jarman RH batsman
Wicketkeeper
1 Test
1968
Coota plaque Barry Jarman.jpg Carol Crawford
Bust of Ian Chappell.jpg Ian Chappell RH top-order batsman
Slips fieldsman
30 Tests
1970–1975
Coota plaque Ian Chappell.jpg Carl Valerius
Bust of Greg Chappell.jpg Greg Chappell RH batsman
Bowler
Fieldsman
48 Tests
1975–1983
Coota plaque Greg Chappell.jpg Carl Valerius
Bust of Graham Yallop.jpg Graham Yallop LH top-order batsman 7 Tests
1978–1979
Coota plaque Graham Yallop.jpg Damien Lucas
Bust of Kim Hughes.jpg Kim Hughes RH batsman 28 Tests
1978–1984
Coota plaque Kim Hughes.jpg Wendy Black
Bust of Allan Border.jpg Allan Border LH batsman
Bowler
Fieldsman
93 Tests
1984–1994
Coota plaque Allan Border.jpg Carl Valerius
Bust of Mark Taylor.jpg Mark Taylor LH batsman
Slips fieldsman
50 Tests
1994–1999
Coota plaque Mark Taylor.jpg Carl Valerius Sponsored by Pat Kerin, Cootamundra cricketing aficionado
Bust of Steve Waugh.jpg Steve Waugh RH batsman
Bowler
57 Tests
1999–2004
Coota plaque Steve Waugh.jpg Carl Valerius
Bust of Adam Gilchrist.jpg Adam Gilchrist LH batsman
Wicketkeeper
6 Tests
2000–2004
Coota plaque Adam Gilchrist.jpg Sue Alexopoulos
Bust of Ricky Ponting.jpg Ricky Ponting RH batsman 77 Tests
2003–2010
Coota plaque Ricky Ponting.jpg Wendy Black
Bust of Michael Clarke.jpg Michael Clarke RH batsman
Slips fieldsmman
47 Tests
2011–2015
Coota plaque Michael Clarke.jpg Christine Crimmins
Bust of Shane Watson.jpg Shane Watson RH batsman
Fast bowler
1 Test
2013
Coota plaque Shane Watson.jpg Wendy Black
Bust of Steve Smith.jpg Steve Smith RH batsman
Slips fieldsmman
34 Tests
2014–2018
Coota plaque Steve Smith.jpg Monika Scarrabelotti
Bust of Tim Paine.jpg Tim Paine RH batsman
Wicketkeeper
19* Tests
2018–present
Christine Crimmins

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