Former Australia pacer Colin Guest passes away
Colin Guest was Baggy Green No. 222 for Australia. (Image: ICC)

Former Australia fast bowler Colin Guest passed away aged 81 on Saturday. Guest played one Test for Australia – against England at Sydney in 196 – in which he went wicketless but was a known figure in the domestic circuit. In First-Class cricket, Guest captured 115 wickets in 36 matches.

Guest played 27 matches for Victoria between 1958-59 and 1963-64, during which he picked up 95 wickets at an average of 24.38 and scored 571 runs. On five occasions did Guest took five wickets or more in an innings. During the fourth day of the first Test in Adelaide, Australia players sported black arm bands while fielding.

“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.”