Australian cricket has once again been rocked by the death of a legend following the death of Peter Philpott OAM on Sunday following complications from a fall.
The 86-year-old made eight tests for the nation in the mid-1960s, as well as capturing New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield.
A talented spin bowling player, Philpott made his Test debut against the West Indies in Kingston in 1965 winning six wickets 2-56 and 4-109.
Philpott is the third of the gaming giants to die in as many days after legendary off-spinner Ashley Mallett died in a battle with cancer on Friday and all-rounder Alan Davidson, 92, died on Saturday.
Former Australian cricketer and coach Peter Philpott (pictured) has died aged 86
He took 18 overall on that tour before making an impressive mark in the first Ashes Test against England later that year, where he took 5-90.
During his Sheffield Shield career from 1955 to 1968, he won 245 wickets with his consistent form, earning him the rank of NSW captain in 1963/64 and 1964/65.
Peter Philpott (pictured) in 1965 when he was captain of NSW in the Sheffield Shield
After retiring, he began a successful coaching career in Australia and abroad.
He coached New South Wales and South Australia in the Sheffield Shield and led English teams before completing a stint with Sri Lanka.
He coached Australia on their tour of England in 1981.
Although an internally struggling Australian team couldn’t compete with the fit Englishman, especially the all-rounder Ian Botham, and came away with a 3-1 defeat.
Tributes have already started pouring in for the beloved figure.
“I would like to convey my deepest condolences from everyone at NSW Cricket to the family and friends of Peter,” said Lee Germon, CEO of NSW Cricket.
“Any player who has reached the heights Peter achieved, playing for their country and controlling their state, will be remembered for a long time.”
“Following his career as a decorated player, Peter was an exceptional coach and educator who played cricket in North Sydney for over six decades.”
The beloved cricket legend (pictured) was an active figure in the sport long after his retirement from playing and training
Former England hitter Mark Butcher remembers him as “a charming man and clearly very patient”.
He advised Butcher and the England squad on artistic leg rotation ahead of the 1998-99 Ash Test.
In addition to his esteemed cricket career, he was also a teacher for five decades.
Sad day for Australian cricket as greats Davidson and Mallett die
Australian cricket mourned on Saturday after the deaths of former greats Alan Davidson and Ashley Mallett within 24 hours of each other.
Tester Mallett has died at the age of 76 after a long battle with cancer, while legendary all-rounder Alan Davidson has passed away at 92.
Davidson, a destructive left-arm fast pitcher and hard-hitting lower middle-order hitter, has been hailed as “one of cricketers’ finest and 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 to have represented Australia and New South Wales, but also for the positive influence he has exerted throughout the game as an administrator, mentor and benefactor. “
Davidson made his testing debut on the 1953 Ashes Tour against England and played 44 tests, winning 186 wickets at 20.53 with the best numbers of 7-93, while also scoring 1,328 runs.
Alan Davidson (right) with Steve Smith in 2016
After overcoming a series of injuries, he was at his peak in the late 1950s and early 1960s under the command of his close friend Richie Benaud.
During a golden period for the Australian squad which included three victories in the Ashes series as well as successful tours to South Africa and India, Davidson was widely recognized as the game’s all-rounder par excellence.
He then spent 33 years as president of Cricket NSW, 20 years as administrator of Sydney Cricket Ground and five years as Australian test coach between 1979 and 1984.
Mallett is remembered as a humble man who also played an important role in Australian cricket.
Nicknamed “Rowdy” in an ironic nod to his calm nature, he has played 38 tests since his debut against England in 1968, winning 132 wickets at an average of 29.84.
Former Australian spin pitcher Ashley Mallett, pictured here with Sri Lanka’s Malinga Bandara in 2006, has coached many young spinners after his playing career ended
He still holds the best numbers for a finger spinner in Australia with 8-59 against Pakistan in Adelaide in 1972, but his efforts in India have been hailed as his greatest.
On the 1969-70 tour he won 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 very acclaimed author,” said Freudenstein.
“He has played an important role in Australian cricket not only as a player but as a prolific storyteller who has preserved memories of some of the game’s greatest moments for people to enjoy through the ages.”
After his playing career ended, Mallett coached many young spinners, setting up the Spin Australia program and the Spin Academy in Sri Lanka.
He has also written numerous books, including biographies of great hitter Victor Trumper and his fellow spin magician Clarrie Grimmett.