Peter Roebuck 1956-2011 November 13, 2011

'Cricket has lost one hell of an intellect'

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Tributes for the cricket writer and former Somerset captain Peter Roebuck, who has died in South Africa, aged 55

"RIP Mr Roebuck. Mentor. Maestro. Mate. Thanks for your guidance and friendship. So very sad." - Alex Brown, director of sport, Daily Telegraph and former sports editor of the Sydney Morning Herald

"A magnificent analyst and writer on the game." - Mark Scott, managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation

"Nobody cut to the chase more succinctly and nobody saw how the game was and where it was heading better than Peter Roebuck ... [his] incisiveness and the way he delivered was the blueprint for our cricket commentary. He rang me up nearly every week for the last 10 years to talk cricket, and every time I'd put the phone down and have a deeper view of the game." - Kerry O'Keeffe, former Australia spinner and ABC cricket commentator

"We didn't talk so much about the game, more about things around the game. Like corruption and things like Zimbabwe, which he felt pretty strongly about. I enjoyed reading his stuff, at times I read it and didn't get the point, so he wasn't exactly Bill O'Reilly, but he was a damn good writer, a colourful writer and he brought other things in life into it." - Ian Chappell, former Australia captain and fellow commentator

"He was brilliant in his analysis and capacity to talk about everything in cricket. One of the great strengths of having him as a broadcaster was that he covered such a range of things around the game, yet was always precise. He showed a great passion and respect for the game." - Jim Maxwell, ABC cricket commentator

"Devastated. My dear friend and one of the greatest cricket writers ever Peter Roebuck passes away. He was meant to write about cricket in the manner Sachin Tendulkar was born to play it." - Harsha Bhogle, Indian commentator and writer

"I spent much of the past 25 years sharing a press box with Peter Roebuck. Can't believe he won't be there this summer." - Malcolm Conn, chief cricket writer, the Australian

"The death of Peter Roebuck leaves the grass less green and cricket without its most effective investigative journalist," former England captain Tony Greig, on Twitter

"Peter was not only an extremely gifted cricket writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, he was also one of Australia's most popular cricket commentators for the ABC." - Greg Hywood, CEO of Fairfax media

"We are saddened and shocked at this news. Peter was one of the finest cricket writers of his generation. His reporting and commentary were always fair, balanced, and insightful." - Peter Fray, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald

"Pete's reputation will grow and grow as the years pass. A cricket writer of intelligence, empathy and charm whose writing sometimes filled me with awe and always reminded me why the game should be nurtured and treasured." - David Hopps, cricket writer at the Guardian

"He bought particular insight to his commentary based on his lengthy experience as a first-class cricketer and captain, and combined that with a singular flair for the written and spoken word. He spoke his mind frankly and while one didn't necessarily always have to agree, you always respected what he had to say." - James Sutherland, Cricket Australia, chief executive officer

"He was a fierce critic of South African cricket in the unhappy days of the rebel tours but he made a personal tour of South Africa after the completion of the unity process. My late brother, Khaya, who was in charge of the development programmes, took him on tours of the various townships and he became one of our best supporters. He personally arranged bursaries so that some of the township players emerging at that time could gain experience by playing club cricket in England." - Gerald Majola, Cricket South Africa, chief executive officer

"We express our condolences to his friends and family. We were expecting to reap the benefits of his experience in the field of cricket writing for many years." - Paena Galane, spokesperson for Fikile Mbalula, South Africa's sports minister

"He was a fantastic writer cum commentator, one of the best in this generation. He was someone who was very opinionated, but was very independent. I looked forward to reading what he wrote about but more importantly how he wrote it. He had this incredible ability to use words to make the game of cricket and the players come alive. It was also wonderful that he loved India and coming to India." - Rahul Dravid, India batsman

"I don't think anyone in cricket writing had a voice like Peter's when he arrived on the scene in the early 1980s. You only have to contrast the way we wrote about cricket in the 1970s to the way we write it now - Peter has been responsible I think for a lot of those developments." - Gideon Haigh, cricket historian and writer

"Peter Roebuck was a tortured, driven soul, but his suicide still comes as a shock. Cricket has lost its most erudite idealist." - Derek Pringle, former England cricketer and current cricket correspondent of Daily Telegraph

"RIP Peter Roebuck. I didn't agree with everything you wrote about cricket but f*** I loved the way you wrote it..." - Wil Anderson, Australian comedian

"The news of Peter's death is extremely sad. He was such a gifted man, both as a cricketer and a writer." - Mike Brearley, former England captain

"Shocked to hear the sad news from Cape Town, RIP Peter Roebuck a great cricketing mind." - Tom Moody, former Australia allrounder

"Cricket has lost one hell of an intellect and a bloke who cared deeply about the game. I always read Peter Roebuck with complete admiration." - Lawrence Booth, editor of the Wisden Almanack

"Shocking and sad news about Peter Roebuck. One of the two or three best writers on cricket in the world," - John Stern, former editor of The Wisden Cricketer

"My God. Just heard about Peter Roebuck. Loved working with him. Incisive. Erudite. Funny." - Jonathan Agnew, BBC cricket correspondent and former England bowler

"Very sad news: Peter Roebuck, former Somerset batsman and one of the finest sportswriters around, has died at the age of 55." - Phillippe Auclair, sports journalist and author of Cantona: The Rebel Who Would Be King

"Peter taught me so. He took the time to share his thoughts on the game he loved so much. A wordsmith of the highest quality." - Peter Walsh, ABC broadcaster

"We love an opinion, whether we agree or not. We've just lost a great polariser." - Iain O'Brien, former New Zealand bowler

"Peter was caustic, opinionated, brilliant & funny, a man who could make you laugh, get pissed off or say, 'why couldn't I put it that way?'" - Kadambari Murali-Wade, editor-in-chief, Sports Illustrated India

"Can't believe that Peter Roebuck is no more...met him a couple of times and read him a million times. One of my favourite cricket writers. R.I.P." - Aakash Chopra, former India batsman

"Very, very depressed. A friend and one of the world's greatest cricket writers Peter Roebuck is no more. Roebuck was a cricket intellectual. He always saw the game 'beyond the boundary' which made his writing so special." - Rajdeep Sardesai, editor-in-chief, IBN network

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  • fishface1971 on November 14, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    His 2nd book, 'It never rains...' is still my favourite cricket book....not a bad batsmen either...I once saw him hook Sylvester Clarke for 6...not many tried that and got away with it....RIP..Peter

  • on November 14, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Peter was a very fine cricket writer. He always challenged received opinion, and took the reader outside his comfort zone. I didn't always agree with him, but cricket journalism will be a poorer place without him.

  • AlanHarrison on November 14, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Well, that news is certainly a shock. I remember him as a player as well as a writer and commentator. I was impressed on occasions by his honesty and balance (for instance I remember his questioning England's tactics of delaying in order to take advantage of the ridiculous rain rule during the 1992 word cup semi-final, even though he was English). I enjoyed his Slices of cricket and his book on the 1986-7 Ashes. As a player and a captain I don't agree with the view sometimes suggested that he was the best captain England never had, but I do think he was a victim of some unfair publicity when invovled in the controversial decision to change Somerset's overseas players in 1986 (a decision which also led Richards and Garner, and ultimately also Ian Botham, to leave the county). It hardly yielded instant success but the team was struggling already and it was a brave decision by Roebuck and they got some impressive overseas players as replacements (e.g., Martin Crowe and Steve Waugh).

  • poderdubdubdub on November 14, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Very very sad news. A genius when it came to writing about the world of cricket, I am going to miss his writings and comments, RIP Peter Roebuck.

  • on November 14, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    An outstanding writer on the great game. I recall upon Sangakkara's lecture at lords, Mr. Roebuck wrote a supremely articulate piece challenging us all, the cricket loving public, to rise above our petty flaws that divide in order to preserve the integrity of the game and truly make it an agent for meaningful change our world's need and long for. Perhaps the greatest tribute to him would be to be a proactive part of this challenge. I'll start with me.

  • ygkd on November 14, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    The true voice of cricket has dimmed.

  • satish619chandar on November 14, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    Sad.. He was a good writer..

  • Reggaecricket on November 14, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    I fear that the follow up investigation might reveal things that got me thinking following his 2002 controversy. We'll soon know....

  • Gopalakrishna on November 14, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Peter Roebuck was a friendly journalist. I had a couple of meetings with him whenever he used to cover Australia's matches in Bangalore. The last occasion I met him was during the Australia matches at Bangalore in World Cup 2011. He always used to call me as "Stats Man". - HR Gopala Krishna - Cricket Statistician - Bangalore

  • on November 13, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Peter the witty,knowledgeable and forthright broadcaster we will you miss dearly. May your closest friends and family know that his comments will sorely missed.May you know that in this game called life it too stops early for bad light RIP

  • fishface1971 on November 14, 2011, 21:49 GMT

    His 2nd book, 'It never rains...' is still my favourite cricket book....not a bad batsmen either...I once saw him hook Sylvester Clarke for 6...not many tried that and got away with it....RIP..Peter

  • on November 14, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    Peter was a very fine cricket writer. He always challenged received opinion, and took the reader outside his comfort zone. I didn't always agree with him, but cricket journalism will be a poorer place without him.

  • AlanHarrison on November 14, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Well, that news is certainly a shock. I remember him as a player as well as a writer and commentator. I was impressed on occasions by his honesty and balance (for instance I remember his questioning England's tactics of delaying in order to take advantage of the ridiculous rain rule during the 1992 word cup semi-final, even though he was English). I enjoyed his Slices of cricket and his book on the 1986-7 Ashes. As a player and a captain I don't agree with the view sometimes suggested that he was the best captain England never had, but I do think he was a victim of some unfair publicity when invovled in the controversial decision to change Somerset's overseas players in 1986 (a decision which also led Richards and Garner, and ultimately also Ian Botham, to leave the county). It hardly yielded instant success but the team was struggling already and it was a brave decision by Roebuck and they got some impressive overseas players as replacements (e.g., Martin Crowe and Steve Waugh).

  • poderdubdubdub on November 14, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Very very sad news. A genius when it came to writing about the world of cricket, I am going to miss his writings and comments, RIP Peter Roebuck.

  • on November 14, 2011, 10:27 GMT

    An outstanding writer on the great game. I recall upon Sangakkara's lecture at lords, Mr. Roebuck wrote a supremely articulate piece challenging us all, the cricket loving public, to rise above our petty flaws that divide in order to preserve the integrity of the game and truly make it an agent for meaningful change our world's need and long for. Perhaps the greatest tribute to him would be to be a proactive part of this challenge. I'll start with me.

  • ygkd on November 14, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    The true voice of cricket has dimmed.

  • satish619chandar on November 14, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    Sad.. He was a good writer..

  • Reggaecricket on November 14, 2011, 2:55 GMT

    I fear that the follow up investigation might reveal things that got me thinking following his 2002 controversy. We'll soon know....

  • Gopalakrishna on November 14, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Peter Roebuck was a friendly journalist. I had a couple of meetings with him whenever he used to cover Australia's matches in Bangalore. The last occasion I met him was during the Australia matches at Bangalore in World Cup 2011. He always used to call me as "Stats Man". - HR Gopala Krishna - Cricket Statistician - Bangalore

  • on November 13, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    Peter the witty,knowledgeable and forthright broadcaster we will you miss dearly. May your closest friends and family know that his comments will sorely missed.May you know that in this game called life it too stops early for bad light RIP

  • 9-Monkeys on November 13, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    Vale Peter Roebuck, yours is a very great loss to the dialogue on cricket.

    Honest, unbiased and without fear you wrote some of the most insightful and readable observations about our great game and I always enjoyed you on ABC Radio in Australia. I didn't always agree with what you said or wrote but I enjoyed the way you went about it.

    Cricket will be the poorer for your passing.

  • Arad75 on November 13, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    RIP Peter Roebuck... Your inimitable style of writing coupled with your sharp sense of intellect and wit made your columns one of the sought after ever.

  • maanasi on November 13, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    It is rather sad to read about Peter adn the way he passed away. I enjoyed reading his columns and the very precise and disarming way of his views held my imagination and attention for a long time. A lot of people and cricket lovers will surely miss him...... Raja

  • on November 13, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the suicide of Peter Roebuck.He could paint a lovely good word picture and i always looked forward to his erudite,ethreal writing in his columns..Flowin text and prose like non pareil.i shall miss em so badly!His Book "It never rains"-a day by day account of an English County Professional(1983) is an absolutely un-putdownable page turner and a must read for all Cricketers..Came across as so Erudite,tortured Genius of a soul..He was a great fan of the game and his views were succinct and one of a Kind..Would be sorely missed.William Shakespeare of Cricket jornalism!R.I.P.Peter.

  • gujratwalla on November 13, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    RIP...it is shockening that a so talented and renowed cricket journalist shall commit suicide...he had all to live for...

  • AB99 on November 13, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Peter played with Sir Ian Botham, Sir Viv Richards, Joel Garner, Sunil Gavaskar and still held his own. He had to be a very good player for it. And he was far superior writer than what he was as a cricketer ... Will miss his writings ... May his soul rest in peace.

  • on November 13, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    One of the sanest voices in world cricket combined with a vision which extended beyond cricketing and national boundaries . Difficult to digest that the clarity of thought in his writings deserted him in that hotel room at Cape Town last night. Used to eagerly look forward to his columns in espncricinfo and The Hindu . Will definitely miss that . RIP Peter Roebuck !

  • on November 13, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    Uttrakhand Saras Mela is going on at Parade Ground. last day me, Shashank Tiwari and Gaurav PatWal visited the mela. All the stalls were full of handicrafts, jam, and many other articles. Such was the similarity that we ended up at a Book stall. Second hand books. But there were too many fictions and at any point of time we did not give a considerable look to any book. But there was a book that made me open it. The book was on Cricket. Cricketing anecdotes, and written by someone named Peter Roebuck. Of all the books, here was one with which i could associate myself. I have been reading Mr. Roebuck for many years. Specially after 2008 Sydney fiasco. He was frequent on "The Hindu" and on "Cricinfo". A perfect dissident to the cricketing monoliths and he was crude and blunt but still a writer worth reading. The book had chapters on Peter Willey, Viv Richards and 1982 Headingley Ashes test. Such was his impact that i picked the book thrice and then put it down.There was a reason behind it

  • on November 13, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Peter Roebuck, you will be missed. #Respect!

  • BoonBoom on November 13, 2011, 15:30 GMT

    Indeed its a shocking news but it must be remembered he was a troubled person; he was being investigated for sexual assualt and he had also received a suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty for caning three young South African cricketers he had been coaching. Committing suicide also indicates his unstable state of mind. Therefore before pouring all sort of praise to this gentleman, keep these facts in mind and only praise a person when he really deserve that!!!!

  • on November 13, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Peter Roebuck RIP. Your cricket columns will be solely missed. I am still dumb stuck with the news. Will really miss you. Thanks a ton for all the reading pleasure and I am sure a million cricket enthusiast will echo my words..

  • on November 13, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Yes with this man, it's not just about cricket, but also about the periphery of the cricket. His famous words that come to my mind that "Sachin stops the whole India, that he wrote, while the train acutally stopped taking off, because he was nearing his century" R.I.P Peter, i could proudly my children/grandchildren, that i read you while i was growing up....

  • on November 13, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    When Peter retired he played and captained Devon in the minor counties competitions with great success. Here is a link to the Devon Cricket Board's website where they share their appreciation. http://www.devoncricket.co.uk/page.asp?p=robersobit

  • Sudeeksh on November 13, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    This is shocking!!! Too shocked to comment anything!! RIP Peter Roebuck.. You were and will remain one of the best!!

  • on November 13, 2011, 11:05 GMT

    envisioned the game of cricket as his only religion and touched all aspects of the game through his interpretation .

  • on November 13, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Where to now when I scan to read an article on cricket.......... I have lost a companion, a learned communicator and a respected tangere to the literary world that will never be repaced.

  • nzcricket174 on November 13, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    RIP Peter I enjoyed reading your articles from time to time. You will be sorely missed.

  • on November 13, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    RIP Peter Roebuck-one of the truly unbiased writers of cricket:and perhaps one of the finest ever.Hope the demons are at rest now.

  • on November 13, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    You and your insight will be greatly missed. You are one of very very few and select non biased reporters.

  • on November 13, 2011, 10:29 GMT

    Famous last words ??

    "Mind you, a lot can happen in a week. It just did."

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/no-dumpings-for-the-sake-of-it--selectors-coaches-and-captain-must-keep-their-nerve-20111112-1ncub.html#ixzz1da0sRqTd

  • Ellis on November 13, 2011, 10:18 GMT

    Deeply saddened and shocked. A great writer and user of the English language. May his soul rest in peace.

  • on November 13, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    Pete's reputation will grow and grow as the years pass. A cricket writer of intelligence, empathy and charm whose writing sometimes filled me with awe and always reminded me why the game should be nurtured and treasured.

  • on November 13, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    RIP Peter Roebuck. Loved ur articles, great writer..

  • BSurendar on November 13, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Rockstar of a writer! May his soul rest in peace.

  • on November 13, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    shocking and sadTragic...A Huge loss to cricket lovers across the world...RIP Mr. Roebuck, you will be so badly missed by a billion cricket fans across the globe.

  • Vilander on November 13, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Irreplaceable loss. Shock and Depression for all left behind.

  • Gocool87 on November 13, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    May his soul RIP. I loved his column in The Hindu. Cricket fans and sports journalists will surely miss him

  • northumbriannomad on November 13, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    Very, very sad news. In a world of "putting the ball in the right areas" and "the lads putting their hands up", his was a perceptive, intelligent voice. And he had no national prejudice in him. He would write about individuals and teams, but never about "us" and "them". That was very rare. And it seems that another quiet, thoughtful, independent spirit has found it impossible to live in this world. That makes me enormously sad.

  • on November 13, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    Really a sad incident..All his comments evoked some comment,for or against..but they always had quality...Always followed his articles in newspaper and internet...A great writer lost...

  • on November 13, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    Sad, sad news. I first read PR's Journal of the Season in 1982 and have loved his wit ever since. RIP, Mr Roebuck.

  • Uncle_Gweilo on November 13, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    RIP Peter. Whatever the circumstances were, I suppose we may never truly know. You will be sorely missed by those you worked with and, probably most importantly, those who merely listened to you and/or read your words. A true shining light in cricket commentary has gone out. I hope the teams wear black onto the ground on Thursday, and the chaps in the ABC booth do, too.

  • on November 13, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    RIP Peter. Will miss reading your articles.

  • vivekk83 on November 13, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Thanks Mr Roebuck for the wonderful reviews and analysis that you have served us.. hard to believe that it ceases to exist...Loved your honest reviews, your opinions, passion in the articles....Sad Sad Day for cricket lovers.....

  • sneeky55 on November 13, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    I loved roebuck's articles. Great insights on the game. He was my #1 on cricinfo. RIP Peter, and may your soul find happiness. (Coming from a Roebuck fan)

  • on November 13, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    The game will never be the same

  • on November 13, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    Was shocked to see this terrible news. It was 3 days back or so when he wrote the last article! A terrible, terrible loss to the cricket world. Quoting Harsha, "He was meant to write about cricket in the manner Sachin Tendulkar was born to play it.". RIP.

  • Kudre on November 13, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    A sad sad day for cricket......without doubt the finest mind in sporting journalism...RIP

  • on November 13, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Nature has its own way of reminding us that good things or people do not last forever. People have only commented about Peter's expertise in cricket. He is also a deep thinker who always encouraged growth in developing nations. My dear friend Peter, may your soul rest in peace.

  • on November 13, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Stop all the clocks ... he leaves with the distinction of being both unique and outstanding as an interpreter of a complex game who used the most exquisite prose to simplify the meaning of events. The game has lost a lover whose loyalty was such that harsh words were not spared for the sake of social niceties. When cricket's bum looked big in that, Peter Roebuck said so and just as often flowed compliments over it best dressed moments. As with the work beyond the pavilion taken by Cardus and EW Swanton and Fingleton, what remains provides a rich legacy but its what cannot now be written that we should sob our loss for.

  • on November 13, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    It was always a pleasure and thought provoking reading his articles on the game.His words contained a degree of honesty and reflection which is difficult to replicate by any.Cricket needed observers,writers like him to movie in the right direction.R.I.P his soul.

  • katandthat3 on November 13, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Deeply stunned by the news. Always loved reading Peter's articles (even if I didn't always agree!) and listening to him in commentary. He was unique, insightful and spoke his mind and will be sorely missed. Tops off a sad week for Australian cricket.

  • on November 13, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Oh, My God, I am shocked.I always loved reading him. He was definitely the best analyst of the game who could see beyond the lines. Though caustic, he has never failed to accept the good, criticise the bad and hate the ugly. I will definitely miss him in web and print media. May your soul rest in Peace...

  • on November 13, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    will terribly miss his unbiased "love for the game" articles.

  • naveen1122 on November 13, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    You were my hero Sir. Every time I opened the cricinfo website I was in a thirst to see a new writeup from the great man Peter Roebuck. I frankly was so greedy to read his writing, as those were full of thoughts and analyzes, artistic but realistic expressions, and all the super first class handling of the language as well. It has been one of the tools to that I used in preparing for my GRE examination. The strength in your statements will never fade, and they will forever be useful for the new writers to shape up their writing skills. Because of his writing talent, both the lovers and the haters started to think about the game, as some of my my US friends who hated cricket started to read about and watch the game. With all the due respect THANK YOU SIR, for your incomparable contribution to the game as well as for opening the others' minds with delightful writings.

  • on November 13, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    I couldn't agree with him most of the time but always read his article, just can't believe he is no more. We do not have any writers who writes from their heart

  • Kothandaram on November 13, 2011, 6:06 GMT

    Terrific writer.. wonderful analyst. Big loss for cricket

  • diljeeth on November 13, 2011, 5:56 GMT

    RIP, Peter! Will miss your unbiased and brilliant columns!

  • jazzaaaaaaaa on November 13, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    RIP Mr Roebuck, although most say they didnt always agree with you, I found that I always did. Your articles showed a lot of common sense and knowledge and was always very engaging. Your articles were always the first one's I'd look at and read. I find it very eery the conclusion to his last article published in The Sydney Morning Herald which I read yesterday in regards to Australia's collapse. It read 'Mind you, a lot can happen in a week. It just did'. It certainly did alright.

  • Rahul_78 on November 13, 2011, 5:38 GMT

    R.I.P Peter Roebuck..! The cricket world is indeed poorer without you. Am a massive fan of your writing.

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Incisive and erudite cricket writer.would read his articles every week on cricinfo.will miss reading his pieces.

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    i read his columns as if itz the bible of cricket,which it was.i don't have time to react.cricket has lost one of itz foremost sons in terms the persons who grandurize it.nothin more to tell

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    IMHO he was the best cricket expert from australia, his honest and impartial analysis of the game will be missed by true fans of cricket.

    RIPOSE I PACE we will miss you Mr Roebuck. :(

  • Percy_Fender on November 13, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    Peter Roebuck was a prolific writer with as much a deep understanding of the game of cricket as he was with his turn of phrase and sense of humour.It was surprising that he chose to settle down in Australia for a career where cricket writing had more to do with Nationalism than objectivity.His stand after the Sydney Test acrimony between India and Australia, only showed that he did no toe the line of his mployers and countrymen even in a matter where national pride was involved. I think he was upbraided internally for the stand he took. I enjoyed reading his pieces because the content was so beautifully wrapped up with his delightful brand of humour.I recall his description of John Buchnan once when he said that on a particular occasion, John was so chuffed up that he wore the smile of an antelope scaling a fence.Later when I met Buchnan, I realise how accurate Peter's description was.I am sure all of us who have read him will deeply feel the loss of his passing away. May you RIP Peter

  • on November 13, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Loved his writing. I almost always agreed with his columns. I really enjoyed his work on ABC Grandstand and will sorely miss his banter with Jim Maxwell and Harsha this summer.

  • JAMJAMJAMMY on November 13, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    RIP Peter Roebuck, Didn't always agree with you, but will surely miss reading your articles :( can't remember many who gave an unbiased opinion . a real sad day.

  • on November 13, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    RIP Peter.. im deeply saddened.. he is one person i love to hear him give his honest opinion abt the game and articles that were better than the matches/ players he talks abt.. truly a legend unparalleled and irreplaceable.

    WE LOVE U SIR.. GOOD BYE..

  • on November 13, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    Bad News. Very few writers in Cricinfo who had a non partisan and non racist view.

  • on November 13, 2011, 3:54 GMT

    Shocking.He will be deeply missed.

  • murli786 on November 13, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    I woke up to this lovely morning and get to read this terrible news. Cant believe PR is no more. I enjoyed his articles and loved him for being honest in views without mincing words. RIP

  • on November 13, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    Shockingly unexpected...R.I.P Peter......we lost a true legend of a cricket writer who was widely loved by cricket lovers all over the world...remebering u in our prayers....bye bye Roebuck...thanks for all u have done to the game of cricket.WE MISS U!!!!!

  • on November 13, 2011, 3:04 GMT

    Remember reading his article post-Monkeygate Sydney..Brilliant Neutral Article that made me his Fan..Will miss reading Articles by this Guy..Sad Sad Day..

  • on November 13, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    OMG , i am a big fan of Roebuck , I luved his writing in cricinfo , he was one of the good writers whose articles used to take a neutral approach. He will be missed forever in Cricinfo article list. RIP :(

  • on November 13, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Among other things, he captained England - in a one dayer against Holland. A perceptive writer on cricket, who will be missed by many.

  • on November 13, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    The man will forever live in the hearts of the Cricket lovers, got a chance to work with him during the Australia - India Test Match he covered in 2008. You could always see the passion with which he loved his work. He wrote his heart out...:)

  • Farce-Follower on November 13, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    Tragic...A Huge loss to cricket lovers across the world...RIP Mr. Roebuck, you will be so badly missed by a billion cricket fans across the globe.

  • hindolm on November 13, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    im so shocked. Its a big blow to cricket, especially with the advent of the ridiculous T20 format. Roebuck was a big supporter of Test cricket for the future. I Loved his writting, one of the best going around in cricket journalism. Will be missed.

  • on November 13, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    What on Earth happened?!?!? He is only 55 and seemed in fine fettle the last time I heard him speak on ABC 720. I didn't always agree with his comments and there were times when I would have happily told him so. But his love, passion and appreciation of the game were beyond reproach. We have lost one of the last 'old school' voices of cricket and that is terribly sad.

  • kimwyles on November 13, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    Mr Roebuck, you will be sorely missed.

  • on November 13, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    RIP Peter Roebuck....We will miss your columns

  • on November 13, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    He stood up for India and managed to put across an alternative viewpoint during the infamous 2008 Sydney test.. He had the courage to take on Ricky Ponting... RIP Mr Roebok

  • Scgboy on November 13, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    so sad.........RIP indeed.

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  • Scgboy on November 13, 2011, 0:59 GMT

    so sad.........RIP indeed.

  • on November 13, 2011, 1:02 GMT

    He stood up for India and managed to put across an alternative viewpoint during the infamous 2008 Sydney test.. He had the courage to take on Ricky Ponting... RIP Mr Roebok

  • on November 13, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    RIP Peter Roebuck....We will miss your columns

  • kimwyles on November 13, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    Mr Roebuck, you will be sorely missed.

  • on November 13, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    What on Earth happened?!?!? He is only 55 and seemed in fine fettle the last time I heard him speak on ABC 720. I didn't always agree with his comments and there were times when I would have happily told him so. But his love, passion and appreciation of the game were beyond reproach. We have lost one of the last 'old school' voices of cricket and that is terribly sad.

  • hindolm on November 13, 2011, 1:46 GMT

    im so shocked. Its a big blow to cricket, especially with the advent of the ridiculous T20 format. Roebuck was a big supporter of Test cricket for the future. I Loved his writting, one of the best going around in cricket journalism. Will be missed.

  • Farce-Follower on November 13, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    Tragic...A Huge loss to cricket lovers across the world...RIP Mr. Roebuck, you will be so badly missed by a billion cricket fans across the globe.

  • on November 13, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    The man will forever live in the hearts of the Cricket lovers, got a chance to work with him during the Australia - India Test Match he covered in 2008. You could always see the passion with which he loved his work. He wrote his heart out...:)

  • on November 13, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    Among other things, he captained England - in a one dayer against Holland. A perceptive writer on cricket, who will be missed by many.

  • on November 13, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    OMG , i am a big fan of Roebuck , I luved his writing in cricinfo , he was one of the good writers whose articles used to take a neutral approach. He will be missed forever in Cricinfo article list. RIP :(