John Reid battling bowel cancer

John Reid played 58 Test matches for New Zealand from 1949 to 1965 and was one of the best all-rounders of his generation © Getty Images

Jul 25, 2013

Former New Zealand captain John Reid, who turned 85 recently, is battling bowel cancer.

Reid volunteered this information in an interview to the Dominion Post this week. Reid and his wife Norli sold their house in Taupo and moved to Auckland where the treatment will be more accessible.

“I need to be near hospital,” said Reid.

“I’ve got a problem. I’ve got a tumour in the bowel somewhere, so I’m waiting for that. I had an examination and that’s how they found it.

“If I stayed in Taupo I had to go to Rotorua for treatment, which is an hour’s drive more or less.”

Reid had also suffered a mild stroke recently but he is still upbeat. He says: “It’s manageable, my doctor says. I’ve got lots of faith in my doctors. It’s a little battle I’ve got to put up with now.”

Reid played 58 Test matches for New Zealand from 1949 to 1965 and was one of the best all-rounders of his generation having scored 3,428 runs and taken 85 wickets. After retirement Reid became International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee. He refereed 50 Tests and 98 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) from 1993 to 2002. He also served as a selector and the coached teams in South Africa.