Ken HIggs represented England in 15 Tests © Getty Images
Ken HIggs represented England in 15 Tests © Getty Images

Former cricketer Ken Higgs, who played 15 Tests for England from 1965 to 1968, passed away on Wednesday. Higgs claimed 71 wickets in the 15 Tests that he played for his country, but his astounding economy rate of 2.14 made him one of the best among his peers. His performances with the bat did remain the same in Test cricket when compared to First-Class, as the left-handed batsman could manage only 185 runs at 11.56 with the help of a half-century. However, in 511 First-Class games, he got 3,648 runs at 11.29 with three half-centuries. Higgs, who was also a football player in his formative days, was 79-years-old. READ MORE: Ken Higgs: Inexplicably overshadowed by Trueman and Statham

According to ESPNCricinfo, in his first championship match for Lancashire having arrived from Staffordshire, Higgs claimed 7 for 36 and proved to be a stable partner for Brian Statham after a very long wait. He played for Lancashire till he was 32, and moved on to Leicestershire and continue to play till he was 49.

Higgs made his debut in the third drawn Test against South Africa in August 1965, and claimed 8 wickets in the game. In the first innings, the right-arm pacer returned with the figures of 24-4-47-4 whereas in the second innings he toiled for 41 overs, claiming 4 for 96 with 10 maidens as the Test ended in a draw.

Higgs’ best bowling figures in an innings were 6 for 91 in 33 overs with 9 maidens against West Indies in August 1967. The best bowling performance in a Test for Higgs was against Pakistan, wherein he claimed 8 for 119 against Pakistan at The Oval in the same month.