New Zealand’s first victorious test cricket captain John Reid dies at the age of 92

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New Zealand great John R. Reid, who led the emerging cricket nation to their first test victory in 1956, has died at the age of 92, officials said Wednesday, calling him a “behemoth”. Reid, New Zealand’s oldest surviving Test cricketer and one of the best all-rounders of his day, led the Black Caps in 34 Tests, including their first win, against the West Indies. The Auckland win ended a 26-year winless streak for New Zealand, which is now second in the Test rankings, narrowly beating finalists at last year’s ODI World Cup in England.

“John R. Reid was Colin Meads of New Zealand cricket,” said David White, New Zealand cricket chief executive, referring to the legendary All Blacks cricketer.

“He was and remains a household name in this country, helping to pave the way for everything that has come in his wake.”

A hard-hitting batsman and solid bowler, Reid also led New Zealand to their second and third test wins in the South African drawn series in 1961-62.

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After making his debut at the age of 19 on the 1949 England tour, Reid played 58 Tests, scoring 3,428 runs at an average of 33.28, while winning 85 wickets at 33.35. His highest score was 142 against South Africa in 1961.

No cause of death was announced. Reid, who was also a New Zealand selector and an ICC match referee, is survived by his wife, three grandchildren and four grandchildren.

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