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Who was Peter Philpott ?
Australian cricket is once again rocked by another death after legend Peter Philpott OAM died on Sunday following complications from a fall.
Peter Ian Philpott was a leg-spin bowler and middle order batsman who played for New South Wales and Australia in the 1960s. More recently, he was known as a coach. He made his Test debut in the West Indies in 1964–65 and took 18 wickets in the five Tests. Wikipedia
The 86-year-old played eight Trials for the nation in the mid-1960s, in addition to being the captain of New South Wales on the Sheffield Shield.
Philpott, a talented spinning bowler, made his Test debut against the West Indies at Kingston in 1965, with six wickets 2-56 and 4-109.
How old was Peter Philpott ?
November 21, 1934, Manly, Australia
He took 18 in total on that tour before setting an impressive mark in the first Ashes Test against England later that year, where he took 5-90.
In his run at Sheffield Shield from 1955 to 1968, he took 245 wickets in his consistent form, earning him the NSW captaincy in 1963/64 and 1964/65.
After retiring from the game, he embarked on a successful coaching career both in Australia and abroad.
He coached New South Wales and South Australia at the Sheffield Shield and led the English teams in Yorkshire, Mosman and Surrey, then completed a season with Sri Lanka.
He coached Australia on his 1981 tour of England.
Although an Australian team in infighting could not compete with the English in form, particularly the all-rounder Ian Botham, and came away with a 3-1 loss.
The tributes have already begun to flow through the beloved figure.
“I would like to convey my condolences from everyone at Cricket NSW to Peter’s family and friends,” said Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon.
“Any player who has reached the heights that Peter did, playing for his country and captaining his state, will long be remembered for the game.”
“After his decorated playing career, Peter was a prominent coach and educator who was involved in cricket in North Sydney for over six decades.”
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Former England batter Mark Butcher remembered him as a ‘lovely and clearly very patient man’.
He advised Butcher and the England team on the art leg spin ahead of the 1998-99 Ashes Test.
In addition to his esteemed cricketing career he was also a teacher for five decades.
Philpott is the third of the game’s giants to pass away in as many days after legendary off-spinner Ashley Mallett died following a battle with cancer on Friday and all-rounder Alan Davidson, 92, passed away on Saturday.
Sad day for Australian cricket with the deaths of greats Davidson and Mallett
Australian cricket mourned the deaths of former greats Alan Davidson and Ashley Mallett on Saturday 24 hours apart.
Test spinner Mallett died at 76 after a long battle with cancer, while legendary off-roader Alan Davidson passed away at 92.
Davidson, a destructive left-arm fast pitcher and low-middle order hard hitter, was hailed as “one of the greatest cricketers and the most influential and beloved figures.”
“Alan was a colossal figure in our game,” said Cricket Australia President Richard Freudenstein.
“Not only as one of the best players who has represented Australia and New South Wales, but because of the positive influence he had on the game as a manager, mentor and benefactor.”
Davidson made his Test debut on the 1953 Ashes tour against England and went on to play 44 Tests, taking 186 wickets at 20.53 with better figures of 7-93, while scoring 1,328 runs.
He still has the best figures for a finger spinner in Australia at 8-59 against Pakistan in Adelaide in 1972, but his efforts in India were heralded as the greatest.
On the 1969-70 tour, he took 28 wickets, playing a key role in Australia securing a rare series victory in India.
“Ashley Mallett was a wonderful player, an admired journalist and a highly acclaimed author,” said Freudenstein.
“She played an important role in Australian cricket not just as a player, but as a prolific storyteller who has preserved the memories of some of the game’s greatest moments for people to enjoy throughout the centuries.”
After she ended her playing career, Mallett trained many young spinners, establishing the Spin Australia program and the Spin Academy in Sri Lanka.
She also wrote numerous books, including biographies of hitting great Victor Trumper and fellow spinning magician Clarrie Grimmett.