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Former Aust cricketer Gleeson dies

AAP logoAAP 8/10/2016

Former Australia cricketer John Gleeson has died aged 78.

Gleeson played 29 Tests for Australia between 1967 and 1972, having made his debut for Australia in the 1967/68 Test series against India, finishing with 93 Test wickets at an average of 36.20.

His first class career came to an end at the SCG against Victoria in January 1973, after 116 first class matches. He had taken 430 wickets at an average of 24.95.

"John captured the imagination of cricket fans everywhere as he bamboozled batsmen with his odd bowling grip, borrowed from another mystery Australian spinner, Jack Iverson," Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said.

"We were deeply saddened to hear of John's passing and are truly appreciative of his contribution to the game, which, beyond his distinguished playing career, included time as an administrator with World Series Cricket.

"As a cricketer, he will be remembered as someone who played for his country at the highest level and, with his unique skills, had the ability to regularly dumbfound the best batsmen in any team."

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