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BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew
pays tribute to a cricket 'great'
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BBC Sport's Peter Baxter
looks back at his Cowdrey's life
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Former England team-mate Tom Graveney
only spoke to him a few days ago
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Former Australia captain Richie Benaud:
"Colin was a fine cricketer and a great lover of the game"
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Former Prime Minister John Major
"Colin was the gentlemen of cricket"
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BBC Sport's Adam Mynott
looks back at Lord Cowdrey's life
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Tuesday, 5 December, 2000, 11:05 GMT
Cricket legend Colin Cowdrey dies
Colin Cowdrey stands outside the pavilion at Lord's
Colin Cowdrey stands outside the pavilion at Lord's
England cricket legend Colin Cowdrey has died at the age of 67, four months after suffering a stroke.

Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge died at his home in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

He was the fourth highest scoring England player in Test history with 7,264 runs from his 114 Tests, averaging 44.06.

He scored 22 centuries and played at the age of 42 against the pace of Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson at Perth in 1974.

As well as being one of the most gifted batsmen of his generation, he was also one of the nicest people you could meet in the game
  England captain Nasser Hussain
He still holds the Test record for the highest fourth wicket partnership with Peter May of 411 set against the West Indies in 1957.

He also finished with 107 first class hundreds to his name and 42,719 runs at an average of 44.82.

His son Chris, currently in Pakistan covering England's tour, said: "Obviously the whole family is deeply saddened by the news.

"It came as a great shock as he was recovering well from a recent stroke."

Youngest player

Current England captain Nasser Hussain claimed: "As well as being one of the most gifted batsmen of his generation, he was also one of the nicest people you could meet in the game and a good friend to the England team - he will be much missed."

Lord Cowdrey was born in Putumala in India and became the youngest player to represent his school at Lord's when he appeared for Tonbridge at the age of 13.

He made his first appearance for Kent in 1950, the beginning of a 26-year association with the club.

In 1954, shortly after coming down from Oxford, he was chosen for the Australian tour squad and selected for his debut in the opening Test.

He was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997 as Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge, becoming the second former England captain to achieve the feat behind the Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev David Sheppard.

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