Former Australian cricketer Len Maddocks passes away at 90- Australia’s oldest former Test cricketer Len Maddocks is no more. He passed away at the age of 90. After Arthur Morris’s death Len Maddock was Australia’s oldest Test cricketer alive but now is no more. Queensland former opening batsman Ken Archer now happens to be Australia’s oldest Test cricketer alive aged 88 whereas, batsman Neil Harvey is 87.
Hundred and twelve first-class matches were played by Maddock for Victoria and Tasmania. He scored more than 400 runs in those and scored 6 centuries. He also took 277 dismissals.
James Sutherland, Cricket Australia chief executive, exclaimed that it was a sad day for Australian cricket. He said on 2nd September, “Len made an outstanding contribution to cricket in his lifetime within the state and national ranks, both as a player and administrator. We were deeply saddened to hear of Lens passing this week and are truly appreciative of his dedication to assisting in building the game to what it is today.” He also extended his sympathy to Len’s family, friends and everyone in the cricket career who received an opportunity to interact with him in various ways.
“Len devoted his life to playing and serving Australian cricket and his impact on the game in this state cannot be underestimated,” CV chief executive Tony Dodemaide stated. “At the completion of his playing career, Len held a variety of key administrative positions at Victorian and national levels and he was committed to the development of our game.” he continued.
Maddocks the batsman and wicket-keeper played 7 test matches representing Australia between 1954-56. The Australia’s tour to England was wholly managed by him in the year 1977.
Maddock is Cricket Victoria’s life member. He also made a remarkable progress being true to his responsibilities in his off-field roles such as national selector, Board of Director of Victorian Cricket Association(VCA), a VCA delegate for Australian Cricket Board and State board.