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    In memory of Kenneth John Wadsworth

    It was 30 years ago on the 19th August that New Zealand wicketkeeper/batsman Ken Wadsworth died at the tender age of 29. It still remains the only occasion that I can remember that a current Test player has died from natural causes while still at the peak of his career. He was a very prominent figure in New Zealand's tour of England in 1973. Thanks for the memories.

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    A little before my time, but I'd have liked to see him play. The first wicket-keeper to score a hundred in an ODI, he would still have been useful at the 1979 World Cup.

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    Obviously a hugely popular cricketer on and off the field. Whenever current commentators who were his team-mates talk about him you can see it still causes painful memories for them, must have been an absolutely devastating loss.

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    Natural causes of death? Seems odd at 29
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt
    Natural causes of death? Seems odd at 29
    I don't know about the rest of the World, but in the UK the term "Natural Causes" is used to describe any death as a result of illness as opposed to being caused by an accident or illegal act by another person. There's nothing odd about it whatever the age of the deceased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson
    It was 30 years ago on the 19th August that New Zealand wicketkeeper/batsman Ken Wadsworth died at the tender age of 29. It still remains the only occasion that I can remember that a current Test player has died from natural causes while still at the peak of his career. He was a very prominent figure in New Zealand's tour of England in 1973. Thanks for the memories.

    Ken Wadsworth obituary
    Terribly sad. My abiding memory is him making useful runs when NZ nearly made the 479 needed to win at Trent Bridge in 1973. Hardly relevant given what followed, but indicative of his fighting nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson
    It was 30 years ago on the 19th August that New Zealand wicketkeeper/batsman Ken Wadsworth died at the tender age of 29. It still remains the only occasion that I can remember that a current Test player has died from natural causes while still at the peak of his career. He was a very prominent figure in New Zealand's tour of England in 1973. Thanks for the memories.
    I remember him, he looked every inch a cricketer

    Not to many have died, but a couple that come to mind are, GF Grace, Archie Jackson and Jock Cameron
    You know it makes sense.

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    Karl Schneider?

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    I remember him, he looked every inch a cricketer

    Not to many have died, but a couple that come to mind are, GF Grace, Archie Jackson and Jock Cameron
    When I made the comment about those that have died I really meant those that I have personal memory of. I'm a big fan of Archie Jackson from what I've read about him but he died during the Bodyline Series of 1932/33.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox
    Karl Schneider?
    From memory both Schneider and Jackson are believed to have pick up TB on a tour of NZ one on which an also young Bradman failed to make

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson
    When I made the comment about those that have died I really meant those that I have personal memory of. I'm a big fan of Archie Jackson from what I've read about him but he died during the Bodyline Series of 1932/33.
    No worries; not having ago at you, just trying to use my dorment memory banks



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