Former England Test cricketer Jim Parks has died at the age of 90

Gym Park: Former Sussex and England wicketkeeper-batsman Jim Parks, his country’s oldest living Test cricketer, has died at the age of 90. According to Sussex Cricket, Parks died at the hospital after falling into his home last week. Follow Cricket Live Updates and ENG vs NZ Live Updates at InsideSport.IN

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Jim Parks: Former England Test cricketer Jim Parks dies at 90

“Sussex Cricket is deeply saddened to announce the death of Jim Parks at the age of 90. Jim died at Worthing Hospital this morning after falling home last week. He was England’s oldest living Test cricketer at the time of his death. Sussex Cricket said in a statement.

Jim is undoubtedly one of the best cricketers of all time wearing a martlet. He was born in 1930 at Howard Heath and attended Howe County Grammar School. He made his debut for Sussex in 1949 at the age of 18, beginning a successful career where he played a total of 739 first-class matches and 132 List A games.

An all-rounder in every sense, Parks began his career as a skilled leg-break bowler before becoming the highest-ranked wicket-keeper-batsman, representing England in 46 Tests and scoring over 36,000 first-class runs.

Jim Parks: Former England Test cricketer Jim Parks dies at 90

One-day cricket emerged in 1963 and Jim was an integral part of the Sussex team that won the Gillette Cup at Lord’s in the first two years of the competition.

He was an attacking batsman whose game was ideally suited for one-day cricket and he made many shots which are now known as “slog sweeps”.

After completing 23 years with Sussex in 1973, Parks joined Somerset County, where he played just before his 47th birthday. After his professional career, Jim rejoined Sussex as its marketing manager and had two separate spells as county president in 2014, including the county’s 175th anniversary celebrations.

“Our thoughts and sincere sympathies are with Jenny and Jim’s son Bobby,” Sussex Cricket added in its statement.

Jim Parks: Former England Test cricketer Jim Parks dies at 90

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