Ian Craig has died at the age 79, he was the youngest player to captain Australia
Ian Craig has died at the age 79, he was the youngest player to captain Australia; photo courtesy: Wikipedia

 

Nov 16, 2014

Ian Craig, the former Australia captain passed away at the age of 79. Craig was only six matches old in Test cricket when he was handed over the Australian Test captaincy and in doing so he became the youngest player to have captained Australia at the tender age of 22 years and 194 days.

According to SBS, his first and only assignment as skipper was the tour of South Africa in 1957-58. He had an unusually short Test career for somebody who had captained his national side, He averaged a measly 19.88 in a total of 11 Tests, which compelled him to retire at the age of 26.

Craig had a penchant for breaking into teams at a young age but was often unable to keep his place, the first time he represented New South Wales was at the age of 16 in the 1951-52 domestic season of Australia.

At the time he earned the distinction of being the youngest player to score a first-class double century, in the wake of which there were parallels drawn between him and Sir Don Bradman, when he scored 213 not out against the South African team who were on tour, which led to his subsequent call up into the national side.