Cricket: Lindsay Hassett dies, aged 79

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LINDSAY HASSETT, who had the unenviable task of succeeding Donald Bradman as Australia's cricket captain, died yesterday, aged 79. Hassett, who became captain in 1949 following Bradman's retirement a year earlier, died at his home at Bateman's Bay, New South Wales. He had recently had a heart bypass operation.

Bradman paid tribute to his former team-mate, his vice-captain on Australia's triumphant tour of England in 1948, saying: 'I was deeply saddened to hear of Lindsay's death. I valued his advice and loved the great sense of humour which he brought to all situations. The game is poorer because of his passing.'

In 43 Tests, Hassett, a right- handed batsman, scored 3,073 runs at an average of 46.56. He captained Australia 24 times, with a record of 14 wins, four defeats and six draws. He scored a total of 16,890 first-class runs, averaging 58.24.

Obituary, page 28

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