Former Australia Spinner Peter Philpott Passes Away

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Former Australia Spinner Peter Philpott Passes AwayPeter Phillpot (right) played eight Tests for Australia.

Peter Philpott, former Australian spinner, has passed away at the age of 86 following a prolonged battle with illness. Philpott made his debut for Australia against West Indies in 1965. After picking up 18 wickets in the series, the wrist spinner went on to pick up a fifer on home debut against England in the first Ashes Test in 1965.

His final appearance came in the series in January 1966 before getting dropped. Philpott finished his Test career with 26 wickets in eight games. In a first-class career spanning 76 matches, he ended up picking 245 wickets.

Philpott retired at the age of 31 before turning into a coach. He has had stints at NSW, South Australia, Yorkshire, Surrey, Manly, Mosman and Sri Lanka. Earlier in the week, Australia also lost former Test cricketers Alan Davidson and Ashley Mallett.

“Peter Philpott was more than just a wonderful cricketer, he was a man who had a rare enthusiasm for his craft, and for the game of cricket itself,” Richard Freudenstein, Cricket Australia Chair, said. “As teacher and coach, Peter had the generosity and wisdom to share his knowledge across the globe and helped shape the careers of countless cricketers.

“With the deaths of Peter Philpott, Alan Davidson and Ashley Mallett, this has been an extraordinarily sad few days for Australian cricket. We share our thoughts with all those across the world who are both mourning the loss and celebrating the lives of three men who had such an uplifting influence on the game of cricket.”

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