Former New Zealand Test captain John Reid, who was also the oldest surviving Test cricketer of New Zealand, died on Wednesday at the age of 92 years and 133 days in Auckland. However, his reason for death has still not been cleared by the New Zealand Cricket Board.
John Reid was counted among one of the best allrounders of the cricket world. Making his debut at the age of 19-year-old in 1949, he represented New Zealand in 58 Test matches and amassed 3428 runs. Reid also scored six Test centuries. Of his six Test centuries, the highest was 142 against South Africa in Johannesburg, in the Boxing Day Test of 1961.
The fast bowling allrounder also has 85 Test wickets, including four four-wickets haul and one five-wickets haul, in his name. He also donned gloves at the end of his career.
Reid was also the first captain to guide New Zealand to their maiden Test win while the first way Test win also came under his captaincy. In total, he captained the Kiwi’s in 34 Test before announcing his retirement in 1965.
New Zealand Cricket CEO expresses his grief over the loss of John Reid:
New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said that that late cricketers’ name will always be remembered for the contribution he has given to the game.
“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.
After his retirement, John Reid briefly coached in South Africa but returned to New Zealand and became an ICC match referee between 1993 and 2002, officiating in 50 Tests and 98 ODIs. After that, he was appointed president of New Zealand Cricket in 2003.