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Australian Hawke loses fight for life

Published: Tuesday, December 26, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Adelaide: Former Australian Test fast bowler Neil Hawke died after fighting a prolonged illness. Hawke passed away at Mary Potter Hospice on Christmas Day after battling a series of health problems arising from an infection he suffered in 1980. He was 61.In a statement his wife, Beverley, said her husband had showed courage in his fight for life. "Right to the end he showed all the courage that had enabled him to survive over 20 years of life-threatening illnesses, dozens of operations and many months of hospitalisation, as he fought back from the brink of death time after time," she said.Hawke, a right-arm fast-medium bowler, played the first of his 27 Tests against England in the fifth Test in Sydney in 1963. He captured 91 wickets at 29.41 with a best of 7-105. He once took 10 wickets in a match and had six hauls of five wickets in an innings.A memorial service will be held on Friday at the Paradise Assemblies of God Church here following a private cremation.Copyright AFP 2000

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