Lindsay Kline played 13 Tests and 88 First-Class matches © Getty Images
Lindsay Kline played 13 Tests and 88 First-Class matches © Getty Images

Former Australian cricketer Lindsay Kline, who played 13 Tests between December 1957 and February 1961, passed away on Friday at the age of 81. Kline, who made his debut against South Africa at Johannesburg played 13 Tests and claimed 34 wickets with his chinaman bowling. Kline played 88 First-Class matches for Victoria and claimed 276 wickets at an average of 27.39. Kline had turned 81 only a few days ago, as he was born on September 29 1934 in Melbourne. Among the highlights of his short career is the fact that he remained immensely successful for Australia while playing overseas, as he played 9 Tests and bagged 31 wickets at an impressive average of 15.35. However, Kline did not enjoy the same success at home and this was the reason why Australian selectors did not persist with him for long. ALSO READ: Lindsay Kline’s moment of epiphany

The highlight of Kline’s career, apart from his impressive overseas record, is the fact that he was the batsman who faced the final ball in the first-ever drawn Test, between Australia and the West Indies at Brisbane in the 1960-61 series. He batted for more than 100 minutes alongside Ken Mackay. The West Indian bowling attack comprised of Wes Hall, Alf Valentine, Garry Sobers, Lance Gibbs and Frank Worrell.

Kline also took a hat-trick a hat-trick in South Africa in a Test in 1957-58, which is a record till date. Former cricketers such as Dean Jones paid their tributes to the later cricketer.