Former batsman John F Reid, who scored six centuries in 19 Tests for New Zealand, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 64. His death after a long illness was confirmed by New Zealand Cricket.
Reid is famously known for a gritty 108 that he scored against Australia at Brisbane’s Gabba ground in November 1985. New Zealand went on to win the match by an innings and 41 runs. He shared the then record 225-run partnership with Martin Crowe (188) for the third wicket which helped New Zealand to 553-7 in its only innings.
2/2 In the 19 Tests he played, John struck 6 100s, averaged 46, and played a vital role in the ’85 series wins against Pakistan and Australia.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) December 29, 2020
Reid scored 1,296 runs at an average of 46 in the 19 Tests that he played for New Zealand. He played from 1979 to 1986 and his conversion rate of half centuries to centuries was 75 percent — six from eight.
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.
“To bat through, when the wicket was still doing a bit, was special,” Reid told the New Zealand Herald on the 30th anniversary of the Brisbane Test. “It wasn’t an easy, flat pitch to start and I proved I could score a hundred outside sub-continent or spin-dominated attacks.”
Reid brother John R Reid passed away last month
Reid played in an essentially amateur New Zealand team but said it possessed a professional mindset.
“It sounds a bit trite given how professional the game is now but we saw the emergence of those who played in the English county environment,” Reid said. “John Wright, Geoff Howarth and Richard Hadlee brought a sense of professionalism which was different to the past.
“We tended to be weekend cricketers who happened to play Tests and, to a certain extent, that’s how I regarded myself. We played a handful of first-class games a season. Suddenly we had more confidence and self-belief on the world stage.”
Reid’s death follows the death in October of his more famous namesake, former New Zealand captain John R Reid.