Former NZ captain John Reid battling cancer


John Reid, the former New Zealand captain and ICC match referee, recently revealed that he is battling bowel cancer, which forced him to move from his native Taupo to Auckland.

Reid, during an interview with Dominion Post, said that he decided to move to Auckland following a mild stroke he suffered recently. When asked about how he was dealing with the diagnosis, Reid remained upbeat: "It's manageable, my doctor says. I've got lots of faith in my doctors. It's a little battle I've got to put up with now."

Reid, who made his debut for New Zealand against England in Manchester in 1949, played 58 Test matches and scored 3,428 runs before retiring in 1965. One of his six hundreds came in the second innings of the Christchurch Test against England in March, 1963, where he scored 100 out of New Zealand's innings total of 159. That total still stands as a record for the lowest innings score with a batsman scoring a century. Reid last played for his country in 1965. After his retirement, he served as a selector and briefly coached teams in South Africa. He also officiated as an ICC match referee from 1993 to 2002.