Doug Ring with the Australian cricket team in England in 1948

Doug Ring was a member of Donald Bradman's famous Australian cricket team which toured England in 1948. Bradman's men went undefeated in their 34 matches; this unprecedented feat by a Test side touring England earned them the sobriquet The Invincibles.

Doug Ring
Personal information
Full nameDouglas Thomas Ring
Born(1918-10-14)14 October 1918
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Died23 June 2003(2003-06-23) (aged 84)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Bowlingleg spin
RoleSpecialist bowler, lower order batsman
International information
National side
Test debut15 August 1948 v England
Last Test14 August 1948 v England
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 19
Runs scored 9 150
Batting average 9.00 16.66
100s/50s 0/0 0/1
Top score 9 53
Balls bowled 168 3,256
Wickets 1 60
Bowling average 44.00 21.81
5 wickets in innings 0 3
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/44 5/45
Catches/stumpings 0/0 12/0
Source: Test and First-class statistics from ESPNCricinfo, 12 December 2007

A leg spinner, Ring was not prominent in the team's success. Regarded as the last bowler to be selected for the team, Ring played in only the Fifth Test, taking one wicket for 44 runs (1/44) for the match and scoring nine runs in his only innings after replacing off spinner Ian Johnson, who was dropped for poor form. Along with Ron Hamence and Colin McCool, neither of whom played in a Test during the tour, Ring called himself "ground staff" because of the paucity of the trio's on-field duties in the major matches and they often sang ironic songs about their status.

For the entire tour, Ring took 60 first-class wickets at a bowling average of 21.81, the most expensive among Australia's frontline bowlers. As England agreed to have a new ball available 55 overs after the start of each innings in the Tests—more frequently than usual—fast bowling dominated over spin, and Ring was used primarily in the non-Test tour matches. Outside the Tests, only Bill Johnston bowled more overs, and Ring was used to relieve the workload on Bradman's pace spearheads to keep them fresh for the Tests. Ring scored 150 first-class runs at a batting average of 16.66 during the tour, and a top-score of 53 was his only effort beyond 50.