Former Australian cricket star Andrew Strauss dies aged 73 after heart attack
Updated September 26, 2019 08:16:33 Andrew Strauss, who won five Ashes and six Tests and won the Australian batting title in both the 1950s and 1960s, has died aged 73.
Key points:In a statement, Strauss family said his family was “devastated” by the newsThe former All Black has been one of cricket’s great legends since his playing daysAUSTRALIA’S FIRST PLAYER TO RECEIVE A BANSTRACK: Andrew StraussThe former Test all-rounder, who played in the West Indies for five years and captained the Australian side from 1968 to 1971, was a versatile cricketer who played for England and South Africa.
In the mid-1960s, he had a career resurgence, winning the England Test team for the first time in 1967 and the World Cup in 1968.
After the World War II ended in 1945, Strauss began to win Test matches in the 1950-51 season, but struggled to find a place in Australia’s team.
In 1953, he was appointed captain of the England side for the Ashes series in New Zealand, but his England team lost the match 1-0 in Christchurch, New Zealand.
After his Ashes victory, Strauss joined South Africa for the World Series in 1958 and won five Tests and two T20Is for the Lions.
In the 1961 World Cup, Strauss led South Africa to the semi-finals but lost to England by two wickets.
In 1962, Strauss was named captain of Australia’s Test side for two series against England, but was dropped from the team when the World Wide Tournament was announced.
Strauss was also one of the players who played the final Test at Eden Park in 1966, winning a Test hat-trick in Australia and scoring a Test century in the process.
In 1966, Strauss played for South Africa against England and was named in the South Africa team that reached the final.
Strauss retired from international cricket in 1967 but returned to the field in 1978, helping South Africa win the World T20.
In 1980, he played a Test match for the Cape Town Lions in their only series match, which they lost.
In 1986, he made his Test debut for the New Zealand Lions against England in Cape Town, and scored four centuries in a Test series win.
After playing cricket for New Zealand and Australia, Strauss retired in 1988.
In 1990, he became the first man to lead Australia to a World Series victory when he led the side to a five-wicket win in Johannesburg.
He was one of three Test players to lead the side into the final, alongside Ian Botham and Steve Waugh.
In 1994, he retired from Test cricket.
In 1999, he joined the West Indian team and was captain for the West Indians’ first Test series victory against India.
He played a series of ODIs and Twenty20 matches before he retired in 2010.
He won the World Test match in England for South Australia in 2016, and the West Australian one in 2017.AUSTRIA’s FIRST PLAYERS TO RECERIVE A DUTY TOO: George BaileyThe former South Australian cricketers George Bailey and Glenn McGrath have died in a plane crash.
The 36-year-old Bailey, who was captain of South Australia from 1987-90, died in the crash.
McGrath, who captained South Australia for two decades and played for New South Wales, New South Africa and Australia from 2006-11, was confirmed dead in a separate crash.
Both men were members of the Australian Cricket Board’s Test and ODI teams, and were both contracted to the Australian Cricketers’ Association.