Former New Zealand batsman John F. Reid dead at 64, Gabba century amongst most memorable innings

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Former New Zealand batsman John F. Reid dead at 64, Gabba century amongst most memorable innings

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John F. Reid, who scored six centuries in 19 tests for New Zealand including 108 in a famous win over Australia, has died. He was 64.

His death after a long illness was confirmed Tuesday by New Zealand Cricket.

Reid’s century against Australia at Brisbane’s Gabba ground in November, 1985 was instrumental in New Zealand’s win by an innings of 41 runs. He shared a then-record 225-run partnership with Martin Crowe (188) for the third wicket which helped New Zealand to 553-7 in its only innings.

Richard Hadlee took 9-52 in Australia’s first innings and 6-71 in the second to secure the win.

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.”

In a test career that ran from 1979 to 1986 he scored 1,296 runs at an average of 46. His conversion rate of half centuries to centuries was 75 percent — six from eight.

John Reid in action for New Zealand in the summer of 1985-86. (Fairfax)

Reid played in an essentially amateur New Zealand team but said it possessed a professional mindset.

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