Former England cricketer Robin Jackman, who played four test matches and 15 one-day internationals, has died, the International Cricket Council said. He was 75.
Jackman took 1,402 wickets in a 399-game first-class career between 1966 and 1982. Following his retirement he became a commentator in South Africa, where he lived with his wife Yvonne.
A statement Friday from the ICC read: “We are saddened to learn about the death of legendary commentator and former England bowler Robin Jackman, who has passed away aged 75. The thoughts of the cricketing world go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
Former New Zealand bowler and fellow commentator Danny Morrison tweeted: “Awoken to the sad news of dear buddy & comms colleague Robin Jackman passing… Blessed to have had wonderful times shared ‘Jackers’. RIP Rob”.
Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers also paid his tributes to Jackman.
The news comes not long after another former England international and Surrey cricketer John Edrich had died.
A “fearless” opening batsman, Edrich died at the age of 83, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Friday.
Diagnosed with leukaemia in 2000 the left-hander who played for county side Surrey scored 103 first-class centuries.
He played 77 Tests, scoring 5,138 runs at an average of 43.54.
Former England great Ian Botham wrote on Twitter: “Very sad news today to wake up on Christmas Day and to be told that John Edrich has passed away.