New Zealand great Cricketer John R Reid who led New Zealand to their first Test match victory in 1956 died at age of 92 years on Wednesday. Officials hailed him by calling as a “colossus”.
Reid who was New Zealand’s oldest surviving Test Cricketer & one of the best all-rounder of his day, captained New Zealand in 34 Test matches including their first win against West Indies. The victory in Auckland ended with a 26 year winless streak for New Zealand who are now second in the Test Rankings & were finalist at last year’s ODI World Cup in England.
“John R. Reid was New Zealand cricket’s Colin Meads,” said New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White, referring to the legendary All Blacks cricketer.
“He was, and will remain, a household name in this country, having helped pave the way for everything that has come in his wake.”
Reid who was a hard hitting batsman & a seam less bowler also led New Zealand to their second & third Test match victories during the series held in South Africa in 1961-62. After making his debut at the age of 19 on the 1949 tour of England, Reid played 58 Tests scoring 3,428 runs at an average of 33.28 while taking 85 wickets at 33.35. His top score was 142 runs against South Africa in 1961. No cause of death was announced yet. Reid who was also a New Zealand selector & an ICC match referee, is survived by his wife, three grandchildren and four grandchildren.