Australian Test cricketer Peter Philpott dies, aged 86


Former Australian Test cricketer Peter Philpott has died at the age of 86, due to complications from a fall.

The leg-spinner played eight Tests in the mid 1960s, taking 26 wickets at an average of 38.46.

Philpott made his Test debut against West Indies in Kingston in 1965, taking 2-56 and 4-109 with the ball and making scores of 22 and 9 as the home side won by 179 runs.


He took 18 wickets at 34.94 on that tour, before claiming 5-90 in the first Ashes Test against England later that year.

However, he played just two more matches for Australia during that series, taking two wickets before retiring.

Philpott took 245 first-class wickets, representing New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield from 1955 to 1968.


He captained NSW during the 1963/64 and 1964/65 Sheffield Shield seasons.

He also played in England for Ramsbottom in the Lancashire League in the late 1950s.


A strong advocate for spin bowling, Philpott went into coaching and had stints with many teams, including Yorkshire, Surrey, Mosman and Sri Lanka.

He also coached NSW and South Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

Away from cricket, Philpott worked as a teacher for 50 years.

His death follows the passing of former Australian Test players — Alan Davidson and Ashley Mallett — in the past two days.

Davidson — one of Australia’s greatest all-rounders who played 44 Tests  — died on Saturday morning, aged 92.


Mallett died at the age of 76 after battling cancer. He was regarded as one of Australia’s best spinners and played 38 Tests.

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