Former England cricket captain Mike Denness dies
Denness was the only Scotsman ever to captain England
Friday 19 April 2013
Former England captain Mike Denness has died aged 72, Kent have confirmed.
Denness, who was the only Scotsman ever to captain England, passed away on Friday after a long battle with cancer.
The batsman played 28 Tests between 1969 and 1975, 19 of them as captain, and was awarded an OBE in this year's New Years Honours for services to sport.
Denness scored four Test centuries and seven fifties after making his debut against New Zealand at the Oval in 1969.
He replaced Ray Illingworth as captain for the drawn 1974 tour of the West Indies and made back-to-back centuries later that summer as England beat India 3-0.
A drawn series with Pakistan followed before England headed to Australia for the 1974-75 Ashes series where Denness controversially dropped himself for the fourth Test after making just 65 runs in his first six innings.
He returned for the fifth and sixth Tests making a Test high score of 188 in the latter, but England would lose the series 4-1.
His final Test century came in his next match as he helped guide England to a 2-0 series victory over New Zealand but an innings defeat in the fist Ashes Test in the summer of 1975 saw him relieved of his duties and exit the Test arena with a batting average of 39.69.
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