New Zealand nice John R. Reid, who led the nascent cricketing nation to their first Check victory in 1956, has died aged 92, officers mentioned on Wednesday, hailing him as a “colossus”.
Reid, who was New Zealand’s oldest surviving Check cricketer and probably the greatest all-rounders of his day, captained the Black Caps in 34 Checks together with their maiden win, in opposition to the West Indies.
The victory in Auckland ended a 26-year winless streak for New Zealand, who are actually second within the Check rankings and had been narrowly overwhelmed finalists eventually yr’s ODI World Cup in England.
“John R. Reid was New Zealand cricket’s Colin Meads,” mentioned New Zealand Cricket chief government David White, referring to the legendary All Blacks lock.
“He was, and can stay, a family title on this nation, having helped pave the way in which for every little thing that has are available in his wake.”
Reid, a hard-hitting batsman and a brisk seam bowler, additionally led New Zealand to their second and third Check wins in the course of the drawn collection in South Africa in 1961-62.
After making his debut aged 19 on the 1949 tour of England, Reid performed 58 Checks, scoring 3,428 runs at a median of 33.28, whereas taking 85 wickets at 33.35. His high rating was 142 in opposition to South Africa in 1961.
No reason for demise was introduced. Reid, who was additionally a New Zealand selector and an ICC match referee, is survived by his spouse, three grandchildren and 4 grandchildren.