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Oldest Test cricketer Watkins passes away at 98


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Former South African cricketer John Watkins passed away at the age of 98 in Durban. He was the oldest living cricketer at the time of his death, announced by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday.

According to CSA, Watkins had been in failing health before contracting coronavirus 10 days before his death last Friday.

"On behalf of the CSA family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and cricketing colleagues," commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Pholetsi Mose

Watkins made his Test debut against Australia in Johannesburg in 1949, and he was known for bowling with exceptional control, as seen by his economy rate of 1.74.

In 15 Tests, he took 15 scalps and scored 612 runs. The peak of his Test career came in Australia during the 1952-53 season when he scored 408 runs and took 16 wickets.

He made his highest Test score of 92, as well as 50 in the second innings when South Africa beat Australia in Melbourne.

Watkins made his first-class debut versus Rhodesia on the New Year's day in 1947 in the Currie Cup and went on to play 59 more first-class games. He finished with 2158 runs and 96 wickets in first-class cricket.