John Reid, New Zealand’s first successful Test captain, dies at 92

John Reid, New Zealand’s first successful Test captain, dies at 92

Former New Zealand Test captain John Reid died in Auckland at the age of 92 on Wednesday. Reid was the fifth oldest living Test cricket and the oldest from New Zealand before he passed away.

John Reid was regarded as one of the best all-rounder in his heyday. He made his Test debut against Manchester in 1949. Reid led New Zealand in 34 Tests and was their first Test captian who went to lead the team to a victory.

“He was, and will remain, a household name in this country, having helped pave the way for everything that has come in his wake,” New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said in a statement offering his tributes.

The NZC release, however, did not specify the cause of Reid’s death.

“Our thoughts and respect are with his family at this time: wife Norli; children Alison, Richard and Ann, and all his grand-children,” White said.

Born in Auckland, and educated in Wellington, Reid played 246 first-class games and scored 16128 runs at 41.35, including 39 centuries, while taking 466 wickets at 22.60.

A hard-hitting right batsman and a seam bowler, he played 58 Tests after making his debut as a 19-year-old in 1949, scoring 3428 runs at 33.28, while taking 85 wickets at 33.35.

Of his six Test centuries, the highest was 142 against South Africa in Johannesburg, in the Boxing Day Test of 1961.

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