Former Australia Test batsman Colin McDonald has handed away on the age of 92.
McDonald, Australia’s 191st males’s Test cricketer, performed 47 Test matches throughout 20 years and is regarded among the many best opening batsmen the nation ever produced.
McDonald made his Test debut alongside Richie Benaud and George Thoms towards the West Indies on the Gabba in 1952, top-scoring in Australia’s first innings and scoring a half-century within the second.
He went on to compile 3,107 Test runs at a mean of 39.32, together with 5 centuries.
McDonald was the seventh highest run-scorer amongst all worldwide Test batsmen throughout the Nineteen Fifties, and led all-comers in 1959 with 671 runs from eight Assessments at a mean of 61.That yr featured his highest Test whole of 170, scored towards England on the Adelaide Oval in a match Australia would go on to win by 10 wickets.
After retiring from cricket, McDonald served as a instructor, ABC commentator and govt director of Tennis Australia, throughout which era the venue now referred to as Rod Laver Area was constructed.
“Colin will without end be remembered as a legend of Victorian and Australian cricket,” mentioned Earl Eddings, CA Chair in a press release. “He was fearless towards the quick bowlers and skilful when enjoying the spinners each in Australia and throughout excursions of England, the Caribbean, South Africa, India and Pakistan.
“Australian cricket is a greater place for Colin’s a few years of excellent service at worldwide and state stage, in addition to his membership profession with Melbourne College, Melbourne Cricket Membership and Brighton. Our honest condolences and finest needs exit to Colin’s household,” he added.