John Watkins, who had been the world’s most seasoned living Test cricketer, has kicked the bucket in Durban at 98 years old, Cricket South Africa (CSA) reported on Monday.
John Watkins, who had been the world’s most established living Test cricketer, has passed on in Durban at 98 years old, Cricket South Africa (CSA) reported on Monday. His demise leaves individual South African Ron Draper, 95, as the most established enduring Test player, while Australian Neil Harvey, 92, is accepted to be the lone player still alive who played Test cricket during the 1940s. Draper played his solitary two Tests, against Australia, in the mid 1950s. Watkins was a strong right-hand batsman, exact away-swing bowler and a fine slip defender, who played in 15 Tests between 1949/50 and 1956/57 notwithstanding being inaccessible for voyages through England in 1951 and 1955 because of business reasons.
He made his most noteworthy Test score of 92, just as 50 in the subsequent innings, when South Africa beat Australia in the fifth Test in Melbourne in the 1952/53 season.
The success empowered the dark horse travelers to share the series, an exhibition credited to the extraordinary handling and wellness of a group drove by Jack Cheetham.
Prior to making his five star cricket debut, Watkins prepared as a Spitfire pilot with the South African Air Force during World War 11 preceding being transferred to airport regulation as a result of partial blindness.
As indicated by CSA, Watkins had been in bombing wellbeing prior to contracting Covid 10 days before his demise last Friday.