Dan Smith, who made his debut at Lord’s against the West Indies, played in three Tests for England.© Twitter
England’s oldest men ‘s Test player Dan Smith has died at the age of 97. All-rounder Smith made his Test debut at Lord’s in 1957 during a tour of the West Indies, playing in three Tests for England. He then went on to coach Sri Lanka before settling in Adelaide. “The ECP is saddened to learn that former England international Dan Smith has died at the age of 97. The ECP extends its condolences to Don’s wife Lynn and his family and friends,” the Cricket Board of England and Wales (ECP) said in an official statement on Wednesday.
Smith enjoyed a brilliant career in Sussex, where he scored nearly 17,000 runs and took 340 wickets from 1946-1962.
According to his county club Sussex, Smith continued his cricketing career, intending to grow a business growing roses in Worthing, but especially after a dry summer, he was called up as a cricket coach and ground player at Lansing College, a job he did with a difference of 20 years.
In 1984 he was called in as the head coach of the Sri Lankan national team, and after a short time in that role he and his wife Lynn settled in Adelaide, where he became a normal Australian.
Last week, Alan Burgess, the world’s oldest first-class cricketer, died at the age of 100.
A right-handed batsman and slow left-arm bowler Allen appeared in 11 first-class matches for Canterbury from 1940/41 to 1951/52, and in 1945 for New Zealand services in England. He made his debut 6-52 against Otago at Lancaster Park in a match that began on Christmas Day 1940.
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