Ex-cricketer Gilmour dies, aged 62
Gary Gilmour. Pic: Getty Images

Former Australia cricketer Gary Gilmour has died, aged 62.

The Newcastle-born left-arm swing bowler is said to have died Gilmour died on Tuesday at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Gilmour played 15 Tests for Australia taking 54 wickets, but is probably best known for his starring role in the 1975 World Cup semifinal against England at Headingley.

He ripped through the England batting, finishing with 6-14 from 12 overs as England were bowled out for just 93.

Then with Australia in equally dire straits at 6-39, he smashed an unbeaten 28 at a run a ball to get his side over the line.

Australia would lose a classic final to the West Indies at Lord's but Gilmour still finished with 5-48.

He was also a big-hitting lower-order batsman and scored his one and only Test hundred against New Zealand in Christchurch in 1977.

But his bowling prowess soon dwindled and his last Test came a month later in the Centenary Test against England. He later joined World Series Cricket.

'Gus' Gilmour underwent a liver transplant in 2005, when his former captain Ian Chappell led a band of former teammates in raising money for the procedure.

Stars were quick to pay tribute today, with former teammate Kerry O'Keefe tweeting: "Gus Gilmour has passed away..a sad day...had not an enemy in the game...his bat was an axe and he could swing a brick around a container.RIP"

And Damien Fleming tweeted: "Rest in Peace former Oz Swing Bowler Gary Gilmour"

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