Former New Zealand captain John Reid dies...

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Former New Zealand captain John Reid dies

 Sports Desk

 Published: 08:04 PM, 14 October 2020  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

The former New Zealand all-rounder captain John R. Reid, led his team to victory in their maiden Test win against West Indies in 1956, has died of colon cancer in Auckland at the age of 92 years and 133 days, officials said on Wednesday. 

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has expressed deep grief over his death.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive, David White, said: “John R Reid was New Zealand cricket’s Colin Meads.

"He was, and will remain, a household name in this country, having helped pave the way for everything that has come in his wake.

“Our thoughts and respect are with his family at this time: wife Norli; children Alison, Richard and Ann, and all his grandchildren.
“NZC will acknowledge and mark John’s wonderful life and career an appropriate time.”

Reid played 58 Tests for New Zealand between 1949 and 1965 in while he done captaincy for 34 matches, scoring 3,428 runs including six centuries and 22 half-centuries. In addition, he took 85 wickets with career-best figures of 6-60.

After quitting cricket John Reid had done a job as the selector of the New Zealand cricket team. He has also served as an ICC match referee while he was the fifth oldest playing Test cricketer.

The legend at first-class level amassed 16,128 runs in 246 matches at an average of 41.35 and took 466 wickets at 22.60 each.