New Zealand's first victorious Test captain dies

New Zealands First Victorious Test Cricket Captain John Reid Dies Aged 92

New Zealands First Victorious Test Cricket Captain John Reid Dies Aged 92

Reid's record as the captain was unique because he not only led New Zealand to their first victory after 26 years in Test cricket when the team defeated the West Indies in Auckland in 1956 but also to their maiden success overseas when New Zealand won two Tests on a tour of South Africa in 1962.

Reid is regarded as one of cricket's greatest allrounders in the fifties and early sixties and was New Zealand's oldest surviving Test player and captain.

The victory in Auckland ended a 26-year winless streak for New Zealand, who are now second in the Test rankings and were narrowly beaten finalists at last year's ODI World Cup in England.

'He was, and will remain, a household name in this country, having helped pave the way for everything that has come in his wake'. It was that tour of South Africa in 1961 that saw Reid at the zenith of his career as he led New Zealand to two victories in a drawn away series.

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Former skipper Reid played 58 test matches for the Kiwis, scoring 3,428 runs including six centuries and bagged 85 wickets between 1949-1965.

No explanation for dying was introduced.

After retiring from playing cricket, Reid went on to coach, be a national selector and officiate as an global match referee.

"Our thoughts and respect are with his family at this time: wife Norli; children Alison, Richard and Ann, and all his grandchildren. NZC will acknowledge and mark John's wonderful life and career at an appropriate time". "This is a sad day for cricket". The NZC release, however, did not specify the cause of Reid's death. It was under his captaincy that New Zealand recorded the first three wins. "He continued to contribute to the game in various capacities after retirement and had an admirable stint as an ICC Match Referee", the ICC official press release quoted Sawhney as saying.

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