Cricket Australia (CA) have led tributes to Gary Gilmour, who has died in Sydney aged 62.
A left-arm swing bowling all-rounder, Gilmour made his international debut in 1973, taking four wickets and hitting a half-century on Test debut against New Zealand.
He had made a similarly impressive start to his career with New South Wales, scoring 122 on debut in 1971.
He would go on to play 15 Tests and five One-Day Internationals, including taking six for 14 against England in the 1975 World Cup semi-final.
"Gary was a captivating talent who had the rare ability to single-handedly turn a game," CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said.
"Anyone who witnessed Gary in full flight during the 1970s will remember fondly how he could influence matches with his all-round abilities.
"Our heartfelt condolences go out to Gary’s family and friends. His memory will live on in Australian cricket," Sutherland added.
Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann said: "On behalf of the Australian cricket team, I take this opportunity to pass on our condolences to the Gilmour family following the passing of Gary earlier today.
"Gary was a decorated player for Australia and New South Wales and will certainly be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gilmour family during this difficult time,” Lehmann said.
Speaking in the 1980s, Australian Test great Greg Chappell said: "Nobody had more talent than that bloke – as much as Garry Sobers."
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