New Zealand cricket great John Reid dies at 92

By ScoreLine Desk - October 15, 2020

Auckland: John Reid, the New Zealand cricket great who captained his country for its first three test victories and was one of the world’s best all-rounders in the 1950s and 60s, has died. He was 92.

Reid’s death was announced by New Zealand Cricket on Wednesday. The cause of death was not disclosed.

A hard-hitting batsman and a pacey seam bowler, Reid played 58 tests for New Zealand — captain for 34 of them. He scored 3,428 runs, including six centuries, and took 85 wickets.

With Reid at the helm, the Kiwis won a Test match for the first time when they beat the West Indies in Auckland in 1956. Their second and third wins came against South Africa in a series in 1961-62.

Reid made his debut for New Zealand in 1949, at the age of 19, and is widely regarded to have carried the test team through its early years.

A blunt speaker, Read once said he would have recorded better figures had he played in a stronger team and that opening batsman Bert Sutcliffe was his only teammate capable of scoring a test century.

“You do feel it’s all on you and that can weigh you down,” he said. “But I never thought about it like that at the time. You just get on with it.″

Reid once hit four sixes on the first morning of a test against India in Calcutta and a world record 15 in a first class innings of 296 for Wellington against Northern Districts. Reid was also a capable wicketkeeper,.

“John R. Reid was New Zealand cricket’s Colin Meads,” New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said, referring to the country’s rugby great. “He was, and will remain, a household name in this country, having helped pave the way for everything that has come in his wake.”

Reid was later a New Zealand selector, manager, and also an ICC match referee.

A memorial service for Reid at the Basin Reserve in Wellington is being planned, NZC said.

By ScoreLine Desk

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