Former New Zealand test batsman John F. Reid dead at 64


Wellington: John F. Reid, who scored six centuries in 19 tests for New Zealand including 108 in a famous win over Australia, has died. He was 64.

His death after a long illness was confirmed Tuesday by New Zealand Cricket.

Reid’s century against Australia at Brisbane’s Gabba ground in November, 1985 was instrumental in New Zealand’s win by an innings of 41 runs. He shared a then-record 225-run partnership with Martin Crowe (188) for the third wicket which helped New Zealand to 553-7 in its only innings.
Richard Hadlee took 9-52 in Australia’s first innings and 6-71 in the second to secure the win.

Reid was an elegant left-hander known for his skill against spin bowling and the Brisbane innings, on a fast, bouncy pitch, proved his ability against pace.