Len Maddocks played 112 first-class matches, representing Victoria and Tasmania, and was also a national selector and a Victorian Cricket Association board director © Getty Images
Len Maddocks played 112 first-class matches, representing Victoria and Tasmania, and was also a national selector and a Victorian Cricket Association board director © Getty Images

Sydney: Australia‘s oldest surviving Test cricketer, Len Maddocks, has passed away aged 90, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Friday. Maddocks, a batsman and wicket-keeper, played seven Tests for Australia between 1954 and 1956, and managed the Australian cricket team on its 1977 tour of England. He played 112 first-class matches, representing Victoria and Tasmania, and was also a national selector and a Victorian Cricket Association board director. “Len made an outstanding contribution to cricket in his lifetime within state and national ranks, both as a player and administrator,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said. “We were deeply saddened to hear of Len’s passing this week and are truly appreciative of his dedication to assist in building the game to what it is today.”

“Bradman wouldn’t have lasted on that pitch. Colin McDonald and Jimmy Burke were the openers and batted well, and Ian Craig played a reasonable innings. The rest of us could hardly put bat to ball,”Maddocks said in 2011. “After each day’s play, dad would discuss with us the things that had happened, where other kids had made mistakes and where we could have done better. Mum used to go to all of our cricket, all of our football, all of our baseball. We’d set out from home at Newport with the old man out front on his bike, then my older brother Alan, then me, then Dick on our three bikes,” Maddocks said in 2012, reported espncricinfo.com.

“Behind us came Mum, and the old man had built a little platform thing on her bike so that she could carry the soft drinks and the afternoon tea and the scorebooks. She had to score. I remember saying to her later in life, ‘how did you put up with us Mum?’ She said, ‘if I hadn’t put up with you and gone with you, I would never have seen any of you!’ They were great days,” Maddocks added.