20 Apr 2013

Mike Denness dies

12:34 pm on 20 April 2013

The former England cricket captain Mike Denness has died aged 72 after a long battle with cancer.

Denness was the only Scotsman ever to captain England, leading the team in 19 of his 28 tests between 1969 and 1975.

He also played 12 one-day internationals and went on to become an ICC match referee.

Denness was awarded an OBE in this year's New Years Honours for services to sport.

His reign as England captain was marred by a strained relationship with Geoff Boycott, then one of the team's star performers.

During the 1974-75 tour of Australia, Denness dropped himself for the fourth test after making just 65 runs in his first six innings.

But he returned to hit 188 in the Melbourne test which, at the time, was the highest score by an England captain in Australia.

Denness played county cricket for Kent and Essex, scoring more than 25,000 runs in his first-class career and captaining Kent to six domestic trophies between 1972 and 1976.