England’s oldest living male Test cricketer Don Smith has died aged 97, his former county Sussex have confirmed.
Smith played three Tests against the West Indies in 1957 and had a spell as Sri Lanka coach in 1984 before retiring to Australia with his wife Lyn.
He passed away peacefully at his home in Adelaide on Sunday.
A left-handed opening batsman and medium pace bowler, he scored just under 17,000 runs and took 340 wickets in a 16-year first-class career.
Smith was also the second oldest living Test player from any country, with South African all-rounder John Watkins two months older.
After retiring from playing in 1962, he was also a cricket coach and groundsman at Lancing College in West Sussex for more than 20 years and played county league football before becoming a qualified referee.