Australian cricket is rocked by ANOTHER death of a sporting legend as Peter Philpott dies aged 86

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Australian cricket is rocked by ANOTHER death of a sporting legend as Peter Philpott dies aged 86

  • Former test cricketer and coach Peter Philpott has died at the age of 86 


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Australian cricket is again rocked by another death after legend Peter Philpott OAM died following complications from a fall.

The 86-year-old played eights Tests for the nation in the mid-1960s, as well as captaining New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield. 

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A talented spin bowler, Philpott made his Test debut against the West Indies in Kingston in 1965 taking six wickets 2-56 and 4-109. 

Former Australian test cricketer and coach Peter Philpott (pictured) has died at the age of 86

Former Australian test cricketer and coach Peter Philpott (pictured) has died at the age of 86 

He took 18 in total on that tour before making an impressive mark in the first Ashes Test against England later that year where for took 5-90. 

In his Sheffield Shield career from 1955 to 1968 he took 245 wickets with his consistent form earning his the NSW captaincy in 1963/64 and 1964/65. 

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After retiring from the game he took up a successful career in coaching both in Australia and overseas.

He coached NSW and South Australia in the Sheffield Shield and headed up English teams Yorkshire, Mosman, Surrey, and then completed a stint with Sri Lanka. 

He coached Australia on their 1981 tour of England. 

An infighting Aussie side couldn’t compete with the in-form English, particularly all-rounder Ian Botham, and came away with a 3-1. 

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Tributes have already begun to flow for the much-loved figure. 

‘I’d like to pass on my deepest condolences from everyone at Cricket NSW to Peter’s family and friends,’ Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon said. 

More to follow.  

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