Former New Zealand cricketer John F Reid, who played a key role in their success in the 1980s, has died in Christchurch at the age of 64. The former test batsman was responsible for the creation of both New Zealand Cricket’s (NZC) high-performance center at Lincoln, and the base’s underlying development program.
In the 19 tests he played, Reid scored 1,296 runs at an average of 46.28, including six centuries; with his highest score in the scorching heat of Colombo in 1984 when he scored 180 in 685 minutes against Sri Lanka.
A cousin of Australian paceman Bruce Reid, Reid was the fastest New Zealander to 1000 test runs, taking only 20 turns.
Recognized as one of New Zealand’s top spin players, the left-handed scored all but one for six centuries against the subcontinental opposition, hitting a purple spot in the home and away series against Pakistan in 1984-85, when he consecutive scores composed of 106, 21, 97, 148, 3 and 158 *.
“His passing is a huge loss and our thoughts are with his family and close friends,” NZC CEO David White said in an official statement.
“Everything else aside, John was the most lovely, endearing man who inspired everyone around him, including generations of young men and women cricketers,” he added.
Reid, a high school geography teacher, played at a time when cricket in New Zealand was still amateurish and when most home workers had day jobs, chose not to participate in the 1985 tour of the West Indies, but instead of that is energy for his students.
He later retired from teaching to become Auckland Cricket’s first chief executive before returning to it in a different form – he turned to coaching and quality development and became a highly respected mentor and administrator at NZC.
It was Reid who took on the role of New Zealand caretaker coach for the 1994-95 centenary celebrations following the controversial 1994 South Africa tour, leading the national side through a bumper summer with visits from the West Indies, India. , Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka.
And it was Reid who took on the role of assistant coach to White Ferns in the 12 months leading up to the team’s victorious World Cup campaign in 2000.
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