Don Smith played three Tests for England, making his Lord’s debut against the West Indies.© Twitter
England’s oldest male player Don Smith has died at the age of 97. An all-rounder who made his batting debut, Smith played three Tests for England during the West Indies tour in 1957, his debut at Lord’s. He later went to Sri Lanka before settling in Adelaide. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said, “The ECB is saddened to learn of the death of former England international player Don Smith at the age of 97. The ECB has written a statement to Don’s wife Lynn and his family and friends. Has expressed condolences. ” Official statement on Wednesday.
Smith enjoyed a distinguished career in Sussex where he scored nearly 17,000 runs and claimed 340 wickets from 1946–1962.
According to his county club Sussex, after his cricketing career, Smith intended to develop a growing business in Worthing, but after a particularly dry summer invited him to become a cricket coach and groundsman at Lansing College Gaya, a job he finished. 20 years.
In 1984 he was invited to become the head coach of the Sri Lankan national team and after a short period in that role he and his wife Lynn settled in Adelaide where he became a naturalized Australian.
Last week, Alan Burgess, the world’s oldest living first-class cricketer, died at the age of 100.
A right-handed batsman and slow-pace left-arm bowler, Allen 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 played 6-52 on his debut for Otago in a match that began on Christmas Day 1940 at Lancaster Park.
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