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Brian Booth dead aged 89: Cause of Death

BY Salman Ahmed May 20, 2023. 06:09 pm UPDATED: May 20, 2023. 06:09 pm

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A TON of condolences have poured in on social media following Cricket Australia’s announcement that the great Brian Booth has died at the age of 89.

Between 1961 and 1966, the former Australia Test captain and Olympian played 29 Tests.

Booth, a former middle-order hitter, scored 1773 runs at a 42.21 average.

And among them were five centuries.

Booth made his Test debut during Australia’s 2-1 Ashes series in 1961.

He went on to captain his country in the first two games of the 1965-66 Ashes series, which ended in a 1-1 tie.

In addition to cricket, Booth represented Australia in hockey in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, and he was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 1982.

Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said: “Brian was immensely respected and admired throughout the cricketing community and beyond and we extend our deepest condolences to his wife Judy and their family and friends.

“Less than 50 players have captained the Australian men’s Test team and Brian’s name is included on a list that features many of the game’s greats.

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“He has had an extraordinary life and will be sadly missed. His contribution to cricket continues to be an inspiration and will always be remembered.”

Booth is survived by his wife Judy and four daughters.

As news of his passing broke, a hordes of cricket fans took to social media to pay tribute to him.

One fan tweeted: “Sad day. A truly great human…genuine. Condolences to all his family and friends.”

While another added: “What a legend. A great life. RIP.”

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