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Australian cricket mourns death of ‘marvellous man’ after 13-year cancer battle

The Australian cricket neighborhood is in mourning after former Sheffield Shield batsman turned prime govt Keith Bradshaw died aged 58 following an extended battle with cancer.

Bradshaw, who was identified with a number of myeloma 13 years in the past, handed away on Monday afternoon surrounded by his household.

The Tasmanian rose by the taking part in ranks within the Eighties and have become a profitable administrator after retiring from skilled cricket.

Bradshaw had spent the previous 10 years as chief govt of the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA).

He took go away in June this yr to give attention to his remedy and spend time with household because the cancer unfold to his backbone and mind.

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He is credited with the Adelaide Strikers’ success within the Big Bash Leagues and establishing pink-ball Test cricket in his roles with rulemakers Marylebone Cricket Club and the SACA.

He had spent 5 years at Lord’s because the MCC’s first overseas chief govt.

“Although many within the cricket family were aware that Keith was battling a serious long-term illness, the news of his passing at such a young age is devastating for cricket and all who had the good fortune to know him,” Cricket Australia chair Richard Freudenstein mentioned.

Keith Bradshaw (second from right) pictured at a T20 World Cup announcement in January 2019.
Keith Bradshaw (second from proper) pictured at a T20 World Cup announcement in January 2019. Credit: Getty

“Keith’s contribution to cricket in Australia and the UK cannot be understated. His legacy is an ongoing testament to a lifetime of achievement in the game.

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“His great skill as a cricket administrator was to be an innovator yet appreciate and understand the importance of tradition. He had the clearest of vision when it came to strategy and yet the lightest of touch when it came to empowering his staff to carry it out.

“He fought his long-term illness with courage and fortitude and despite whatever he was going through, he always had a smile and lots of time for everyone he met.

“Cricket will be much the poorer for his passing and myself and everyone at Cricket Australia sends our love and thoughts to his fiancé Helen, children Juliet, Eliza, Donald and Jack and son-in-law Patrick at this time.”

Former South Australian cricketer Theo Doropoulos paid tribute to a “marvellous man”.

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“Whenever I would call to ask his opinion on a range of issues, for guidance or just to chat about cricket, he always made time,” the 7NEWS Adelaide reporter mentioned.

“He would end by saying ‘Please always call, and I’ll always try to answer’. We have lost a beauty.”

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