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Gilmour no more

Calcutta/Sydney: Swing bowling all-rounder Gary Gilmour, who played 15 Tests for Australia between 1973 and 1977 and was one of the stars of the inaugural World Cup in 1975, died on Tuesday at the age of 62.

Cricket officials said Gilmour battled health problems for several years and complications escalated after a recent fall.

The left-armed Gilmour had figures of 6/14 against England in the 1975 World Cup semi-final. The then 23-year-old also claimed 5/48 in the final, which Australia lost to the West Indies.

Gilmour underwent a liver transplant in 2005, when his former captain Ian Chappell led a number of former teammates in raising money for the operation.

He is survived by his wife, Helen, two sons and a daughter.

A Cricket Australia, in media release, paid tribute to Gilmour.

To highlight Gilmour’s quality as an all-rounder, the media release included a quote from former captain Greg Chappell, who in the early 1980s had said: “Nobody had more talent than that bloke — as much as Garry Sobers.”