Ian Craig: Australia's youngest captain dies, aged 79

Ian Craig
Ian Craig made his Test match debut aged 17 years and 239 days at Melbourne in 1953

Ian Craig, Australia's youngest male Test cricketer and youngest captain, has died aged 79.

The right-handed batsman became the youngest man to play Test cricket for Australia when he made his debut against South Africa aged 17 in 1953.

He was made captain for the 1957-58 tour of South Africa aged 22 years 194 days after playing only six Tests.

Craig retired at 26 having played 11 Tests, scoring 358 runs at an average of 19.88 with a highest score of 53.

Craig made his first-class debut for New South Wales aged 16 and became the youngest Australian to score a first-class double century when he made 213 against South Africa the following year.

He twice toured England - in 1953 and 1956 - alongside Australian greats such as Richie Benaud, Ray Lindwall and Neil Harvey.

Craig is survived by his wife Ross and three children.

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