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Beven Congdon passes away at 79
Congdon played 61 Tests and 11 One-Day Internationals. © Getty
Former New Zealand skipper Beven Congdon passed away on Saturday (February 10), one day short of his 80th birthday, in Auckland, after battling a long illness
Regarded as one of New Zealand's greatest allrounders, Condon's batting style was largely dour but could switch gears and bat aggressively as well. With the ball, he was a genial medium pacer, who was more than handy with his outswingers.
Congdon, who had made his debut in 1965, played 61 Tests and 11 One-Day Internationals, scoring 3448 and 338 runs respectively. He also bagged 59 wickets in Tests and 7 in ODIs with his medium pacers, in an international career spanning 13 years.
"Bevan was at the center of the New Zealand team at a time it started gaining attention on the international cricket scene for the all the right reasons - in no small part due to his leadership and ability," David White, NZC chief executive, said.j
"He's left a real legacy in terms of putting New Zealand cricket on the map, and I know the wider cricketer family - not just in New Zealand but worldwide, will be mourning his loss."
He reserved his best against England, stroking 176 and 175 in consecutive innings at Trent Bridge and Lord's in the summer of 1973. The former, which also happened to be his highest Test score, which came in the second innings while New Zealand were chasing 479 for victory. His innings, which lasted 409 minutes but went in vain as New Zealand lost by 38 runs. During his years as captain from 1971-75, he stroked five centuries.
Congdon led his country to their first ever Test win against Australia in 1974. However, that remained his only victory as captain in 17 Tests.
In domestic cricket, he represented Canterbury, Central Districts, Otago and Wellington, registering 23 centuries and 204 wickets in first-class cricket. Following his playing days, he contributed to cricket as the selector of New Zealand in the 1990s.
He is survived by his wife Shirley, his daughters Ali and Sandy, and grandchildren Matthew, Joshua, Lily and Reeves.