Peter Handsack, one of Australia’s best batsmen, has died aged 74.
He was born in Australia and played his entire career with the team from 1981 to 1989.
Handsack played six Test matches for Australia in the 80s and 90s and made over 500 runs for the team.
Handsach had an illustrious career, winning nine Ashes and nine Test centuries and was named the ICC’s highest-ever player of the decade.
He won the ODI captaincy in 1999 and was also the first player to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
Handschack was also a great friend to the game and was a member of the Australian Test team from the 1980s until the 1990s.
Handsen will be remembered as an excellent and consistent batsman, and a great teammate, his manager Glenn McGrath said.
“Peter was a great cricketer, an outstanding player, a wonderful gentleman and he will be greatly missed by the Australian cricket community,” McGrath told Channel Seven.
Handschack was a good friend of the team and the team was devastated at the news of his passing.
He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year.
Australia’s captain Brendon McCullum paid tribute to Handsack.
“He was a brilliant batsman who would have been a great player for Australia and will be sadly missed by all,” McCullum said.
He said he had known Handsack for more than 20 years.
“I played alongside him at times when I was with the Australian team, and he was a very good friend,” he said.
Australia captain Brendons XI: McCullum, James Faulkner, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Santner, Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, James Pattinson, Chris Rogers, Adam Gilchrist, Brendon Hodge, Mitchell Marsh.
The team was represented by Australia’s cricket department, the AUSTRALIA Cricket Association and the Australian Rugby Football Union.
It was a poignant day for Australian cricket.
“We are all devastated at this time, we have lost a fantastic, great member of our team,” McCullums said.
The Australian team is represented by the national team and has played in all four Ashes series.