London [UK], England's oldest men's Test player Don Smith has passed away at the age of 97. An all-rounder who opened the batting, Smith played three Tests for England during West Indies' tour of 1957, making his debut at Lord's. He later went on to coach Sri Lanka before settling in Adelaide.
"The ECB is saddened to learn of the death of former England international Don Smith at the age of 97. The ECB sends its condolences to Don's wife Lyn and his family and friends," the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in an official statement on Wednesday.
Smith enjoyed a distinguished career at Sussex where he scored nearly 17,000 runs and claimed 340 wickets from 1946-1962.
#England's oldest men's Test cricketer #DonSmith passes away at 97.— First India (@thefirstindia) January 13, 2021
Smith enjoyed a distinguished career at Sussex where he scored nearly 17,000 runs and claimed 340 wickets form 1946-1962.#RIPDonSmith #Cricket #SportsNews pic.twitter.com/7P15gZgBXP