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Colin Guest, Australia pacer, passes away


Colin Guest, the former Australia pacer, passed away on Saturday, 8 December, aged 81.

Guest, who was cap 222 for Australia, played one Test, against England in Sydney in 1963. He went wicketless then, but was a successful bowler in the first-class level, where he had 115 wickets from 36 matches.

Born in Victoria, he spent most of his career playing for them, before moving to Western Australia in his final season in 1966-67. He went on to coach Western Australia as well.

As a mark of respect, the Australian team wore black bands while taking the field on day four of the Adelaide Test against India on Sunday.

“Colin made a significant contribution to our domestic game, both as a player and a coach. His patience was rewarded after debuting for Australia in the Ashes in 1963," said Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia CEO. "Colin was selected after he took his best match figures (7/95 and 10/134) for Victoria against Western Australia in Melbourne and replaced Ken Mackay in the Test side.

“Colin is to be commended for his coaching influence in Western Australia. He had a particular passion and drive for inspiring juniors in the game.

“On behalf of the Board and staff at Cricket Australia, we sincerely acknowledge Colin for his contribution to Australia’s favourite sport. He will be sadly missed, and our thoughts are with his family, friends and all those who crossed paths with him in the cricketing community at this time.”


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