Brian Booth, a former Australian cricket team captain who participated in Test matches, died on Saturday at 89, according to a statement issued by Cricket Australia. Booth was described as a player who was “extremely revered and admired” by his contemporaries.
Brian Booth batted in the middle order for Australia and took part in 29 tests from 1961 to 1966. During the 1965–1966 Ashes series against England, when Bob Simpson could not command the team, Brian Booth was named captain twice.
With five centuries and 1,773 runs, he averages 42.21 runs per inning.
A versatile athlete, Booth competed for Australia in the hockey and track and field competitions at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.
Nick Hockley, the president of the Cricket Association, stated that Brian is accorded “immense respect and admiration throughout the entire cricketing community and beyond.”
There have been fewer than 50 men to command the Australian men’s Test squad, and Brian’s name appears on a list that includes many of the sport’s most accomplished players. Australia has hosted fewer than 5,000 Test matches in total.
His life was truly extraordinary, and he will be greatly lamented by all who knew him.
Booth made 93 appearances for New South Wales in the regional Sheffield Shield competition and amassed 5,574 runs with a batting average of 43.5. The membership he held at the Marylebone Cricket Club would always be active.
Brian Booth’s demise is still surrounded by mystery. Booth was a field hockey player from Australia who participated in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. Booth, who batted in the middle of the order, scored two centuries in his first two Tests against England in Australia in 1962. The centuries were both achieved in 1962.