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Former NZ cricket captain Bevan Congdon dead at 79

AP  |  Wellington 

Congdon, who captained New Zealand to their first Test win over in 1974, has died a day short of his 80th birthday, said.

Congdon, a in 17 Tests, had been in declining health for some time.

In total, played 61 Tests in a 13-year career, scoring 3,448 runs at an average of 32.22 with seven centuries. He also took 59 wickets.

He played in 11 one-day internationals, including New Zealand's first in the format in 1973 against

His average of 56.33 in ODIs is still the best for a New Zealand batsman with a minimum of 10 innings.

While he led to only one Test victory, it was a momentous five-wicket win over in Christchurch in 1974. He was also a member of the team that beat England in a test for the first time in 1978 at

Congdon's 176 against England at in 1976 was his most famous Test innings. He was struck in the face by England fast bowler when he was on 24 but went on to lead New Zealand to the brink of a remarkable win. New Zealand reached 440, chasing 479 to win.

"was at the center of the New Zealand team at a time it started gaining attention on the international scene for all the right reasons," chief executive David White said.

"He's left a real legacy in terms of putting New Zealand on the map.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 21:35 IST