This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Australia Post Australian Legends Award. The Australia Post Australian Legends Award is presented annually by Australia Post to honour a living individual or group of individuals who have excelled in a particular field of endeavour. The award recognises outstanding individuals for their part in shaping the social and cultural life of Australia.
The first Legends stamp was issued to honour cricketer Sir Donald Bradman AC, and in 2021 we’ve returned to this highly popular sport to recognise the Australian Legends of Cricket. Six of Australia’s greatest living cricket stars are being honoured for their significant contribution to the world of sport and the wider community: Allan Border AO, Adam Gilchrist AM, Jason Gillespie, Dennis Lillee AM MBE, Ellyse Perry and Ricky Ponting AO.
- Issue date
- 26 March 2021
- Issue withdrawal date
- 31 March 2022
- $1.10 x 6
- Stamp design
- Jason Watts, Australia Post Design Studio
- Product design
- Jason Watts, Australia Post Design Studio
- Paper: gummed
- Tullis Russell Red Phos.
- Paper: self-adhesive
- Securepost CPrint
- RA Printing
- Printing process
- Offset lithography
- Stamp size (mm)
- 26 x 37.5
- 14.6 x 13.86
- Sheet layout
- Module of 50
- FDI Postmark
- Melbourne Vic 3000
- FDI withdrawal date
- 24 April 2021
Born and raised in Sydney, Allan Border AO entered first-class cricket in 1977 and played his first Test match for Australia in 1978. He captained the Queensland team in 1983 and captained the Australian team the following year.
Border emerged as the uncompromising leader of a rejuvenated Australian team, leading them to win the 1987 World Cup competition and the 1989 Ashes Tour of England. Despite beginning the Ashes series as the clear underdog, the team famously won the series 4-0, heralding in a new era of Australian dominance and earning Border the 1989 Australian of the Year award. Playing a total of 156 Test matches, Border has been counted as the most prolific batsman and the highest run scorer in Australian Test cricket history, with a Test average of about 51 throughout his career and a total of 11,174 runs.
Adam Gilchrist AM was born in Bellingen and first played cricket at the age of seven. He went on to represent NSW and Australia at Under-19 level and made his first-class debut at the SCG in 1992 at the age of 21. In 1997 Gilchrist replaced Ian Healy in the Australian One Day side and two years later became Australia’s Test wicketkeeper for the next 96 consecutive Test matches until his retirement in January 2008.
Described as a once in a generation cricketer, Gilchrist’s accolades include being the 43rd Australian Test Cricket Captain, No. 1 ICC ranked batsman in the world in 2002, setting the 2008 world record for the most Test cricket wicketkeeping dismissals and being voted the greatest wicketkeeper/batsman of all time in 2010. Since retiring, Gilchrist has chaired the Australia Day Council, was appointed the first Australian Education Ambassador to India in 2014 and is currently patron of the Ronald McDonald House WA.
Jason Gillespie made his Test debut against the West Indies at Sydney in 1996, and his One Day International debut against Sri Lanka at Colombo in the Singer World Series the same year. Over his career, Gillespie played all three formats of cricket – Test, One Day and Twenty20 and is the nation’s only Indigenous male Test player. Gillespie primarily played as a right-arm fast bowler but was also a respected lower-order batsman, once scoring an unbeaten 201, the highest score by a night-watchman in the history of international cricket history.
Since his retirement in 2008, Gillespie has gone on to have an illustrious coaching career with teams in English county cricket and international cricket. He was the first team coach of Yorkshire for several years, winning two titles, and has coached teams in Zimbabwe, the Indian Premier League and Sussex. He is currently head coach of the South Australian men’s cricket teams.
Dennis Lillee AM MBE first played for Western Australia in 1969 and was subsequently picked for Australia in the sixth Test against England at Adelaide in 1971, where he took 5 for 84, confirming the emergence of a top-quality paceman. Lillee was the most accomplished and consistently hostile fast bowler of his time. At his peak no one was faster, more competitive, more menacing or resourceful.
Lillee's return to Test cricket, after being sidelined for 18 months with a career-threatening back injury, was the culmination of a rehabilitation program demanding the utmost in patience and perseverance. By his career's conclusion Lillee had claimed a world record 355 Test wickets and become an Australian sporting legend.
Ellyse Perry is the youngest ever cricketer, male or female, to have represented Australia and she is one of very few Australians to have represented her country in two different sports, being the only person ever to have played for Australia in both cricket and football (soccer) World Cups.
Perry is truly the flag bearer of women’s cricket globally. She is currently the world’s top ranked women’s all-rounder, has been named the 2017 and 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s Cricketer of the Year and has won Australia’s prestigious Women’s International Cricketer of the Year (Belinda Clark Award) three times – in 2016, 2018 and 2020. Perry has twice been named the Leading Women Cricketer in the World and in 2021 she won all three female categories at the ICC Awards, including Women’s Cricketer of the Decade, Women’s ODI Player of the Decade and Women’s T20I Player of the Decade.
Ricky Ponting AO is a past captain of the Australian cricket team and one of the most decorated players in the history of the game. He retired in 2013 as Australia’s leading run scorer in both Test and ODI formats, has won more Test and ODI cricket matches, both as player and captain, than any other Australian cricketer. Ponting is second only to Sachin Tendulkar in total runs scored in Test match cricket. Since retiring from playing international cricket, Ponting has become a highly sought-after commentator and specialist coach, with his insights further reinforcing his status as one of the greatest tacticians in world cricket.
Together with his wife Rianna, Ricky Ponting also devotes significant time to the Ponting Foundation – a charity that helps young Australians and their families beat cancer.