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Brian Booth dead aged 89: Ashes cricket legend and former Aussie captain dies after ‘extraordinary life’

, Brian Booth dead aged 89: Ashes cricket legend and former Aussie captain dies after ‘extraordinary life’

A HOST of tributes have poured in on social media after Cricket Australia confirmed that the legendary Brian Booth had passed away aged 89.

The former Australia Test captain and Olympian played 29 Tests for his career between 1961 and 1966.

Brian Booth has passed away at the age of 89

Ex-middle order batter Booth scored 1773 runs at an average of 42.21.

And included in those were five centuries.

Booth made his Test debut in the 1961 Ashes tour, which Australia won 2-1.

He went on to lead his country in the first two matches of the 1965-66 Ashes series, which was drawn 1-1.

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Booth also represented Australia in hockey at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, and received an MBE from the Queen in 1982.

Cricket Australia chief executive Nick Hockley said: “Brian was immensely respected and admired throughout the cricketing community and beyond and we extend our deepest condolences to his wife Judy and their family and friends.

“Less than 50 players have captained the Australian men’s Test team and Brian’s name is included on a list that features many of the game’s greats.

“He has had an extraordinary life and will be sadly missed. His contribution to cricket continues to be an inspiration and will always be remembered.”

Booth is survived by his wife Judy and four daughters.

As news of his passing broke, a hordes of cricket fans took to social media to pay tribute to him.

One fan tweeted: “Sad day. A truly great human…genuine. Condolences to all his family and friends.”

Another wrote: “RIP Brian Booth, in sport an idol of mine. No better gentleman. My condolences to his family and friends.”

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While another added: “What a legend. A great life. RIP.”

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