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Mike Denness loses battle with cancer,dies at 72

Mike Denness,the only Scotsman to captain England,has died of cancer at the age of 72,the BBC reported on Friday.

Written by Reuters | London | Published: April 20, 2013 3:06:36 am

Mike Denness,the only Scotsman to captain England,has died of cancer at the age of 72,the BBC reported on Friday.

Denness,a stylish right-hander who led England in 19 of his 28 Tests,dropped himself for the fourth Test at Sydney on the 1974-75 tour of Australia after he was unable to cope with the pace and fury of quick bowlers Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson.

He scored 188 in the final match at Melbourne but Thomson was absent through injury and Lillee bowled only six overs before breaking down.

Both bowlers were back in action in the first Test of the 1975 series,which Australia won by an innings on a rain-affected pitch,and Denness did not represent England again.

The Tendulkar incident

After retiring,Denness became a match referee but his decision to sanction six Indian players,including Sachin Tendulkar (ball tampering charge),during a Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in 2001-02 sparked a row that led to both teams barring him from officiating in the next match. The International Cricket Council responded by withdrawing Test status from the game.

Denness also played for Kent and Essex and he scored more than 25,000 runs.

Kent chairman George Kennedy said: “This is an extremely sad day for the club. We have lost one of our great players,a very successful captain and a good friend. “It is particularly sad that this has happened during his year as president. Our thoughts are with Mike’s family and friends at this time.”

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