Australia Mourns Death Of Record-Breaker Ian Craig

Sydney Cricket Ground
The Sydney Cricket Ground, where Ian Craig will be fondly remembered and sadly missed
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Ian Craig, who broke records for becoming the youngest man to play for New South Wales, Australia as well as being the youngest man to captain Australia, has died aged 79.

He broke into the New South Wales team aged 16 and made his Australia debut aged 17, going on to captain the team aged 22.

He led the side for five Tests, playing six other times for his country and 144 first-class matches in all.

As well as being the youngest player to represent his state, he was also the youngest Australian to score a first-class double-century.

Born in Yass, New South Wales on 12th June, 1935, Craig also captained New South Wales 48 times before retiring aged just 26.

Following retirement, he served as a board member of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust and the Bradman Foundation.

"I extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and former teammates at this difficult time," Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards said.

"Ian earned a very special place in the proud history of our game as the youngest Australian to make a first-class double century, gain Test selection and captain his country.

"Beyond those remarkable achievements I will always remember him as a true gentleman. I thoroughly enjoyed his company and views on the game over many years.

"He will be sadly missed and will forever be remembered as one of the elite few to have captained his country in Test cricket."

He is survived by his wife Ross and children Andrew, Jonathan and Alex.

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