England’s oldest cricketer Don Smith dies at 97 | Cricket News


Don Smith played three tests for England, having made his Lord’s debut against the West Indies.© Twitter

England’s oldest try-out player Don Smith has died aged 97. A versatile player who opened the bat, Smith played three tests for England on the tour of the West Indies in 1957, making his Lord’s debut. He then coached Sri Lanka before moving to Adelaide. “The ECB is saddened to learn of the death of former England international Don Smith at the age of 97. The ECB extends its condolences to Don’s wife Lyn, his family and friends,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (BCE) said in a statement. official statement Wednesday.


Smith enjoyed a distinguished career in Sussex where he scored nearly 17,000 points and won 340 wickets from 1946 to 1962.

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According to his county club Sussex, after his cricket career, Smith intended to develop a rose growing business in Worthing, but after a particularly dry summer he was invited to become a cricket coach and gardener at Lancing College. , a job he has done with distinction for over 20 years.

In 1984 he was invited to become the head coach of the Sri Lanka national team and after a short period in this role he and his wife Lyn moved to Adelaide where he became a naturalized Australian.

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Last week Alan Burgess, the world’s oldest first-class cricketer, passed away at the age of 100.

Right-handed batsman and slow left-arm pitcher, Alan appeared in 11 first class matches for Canterbury from 1940/41 to 1951/52 and also for New Zealand Services in England in 1945. He took 6-52 in his debut against Otago. at Lancaster Park in a match that started on Christmas Day 1940.

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