'Desperately sad': Cricket rocked by Test bowler's death at 57

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Alan Igglesden, pictured here in action for Kent in County cricket.
Alan Igglesden in action for Kent in County cricket. Image: Getty

The cricket world is mourning the tragic death of former England Test bowler Alan Igglesden at age 57.

The Professional Cricketers’ Association announced the devastating news on Monday, sparking an outpouring of grief from around the world.

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The fast bowler played three Tests for England between 1989 and 1994.

He snared the prized scalps of Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and Geoff Marsh in his debut against Australia in the final match of the 1989 Ashes series at The Oval.

He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 1999 and was forced to retire, and suffered a stroke in 2020.

“The PCA is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Alan Igglesden, who died peacefully at the age of 57 beside wife Liz, father Trevor and brother Kevin on the morning of Monday 1 November, whilst listening to his favourite musician Van Morrison,” a statement read.

“An absolute inspiration to everyone he encountered, ‘Iggy’ was a true cricketing giant in Kent, the county where he spent his entire playing career.

“Throughout his journey, Iggy’s strength and courage in the face of adversity were nothing short of inspirational.

“Beloved by his students throughout his time in teaching, he went on to father one daughter, Beth, now eight years of age, as he built a family of his own alongside Liz.”

Alan Igglesden, pictured here before his Test debut.
England captain Graham Gooch (centre front) with Martin McCague, Martin Bicknell and Alan Igglesden (back row from left), and Nasser Hussain, Graham Thorpe, Mark Lathwell and Mark Illot (front row from left). (Photo by David Jones - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

Cricket world devastated over death of Alan Igglesden

Igglesden enjoyed a prolific career with Kent in County cricket, taking 592 wickets in 283 matches.

"Kent Cricket is devastated to learn of the passing of former Kent seamer, Alan Igglesden, at the age of 57," the club said.

"He retired from the game in 1999 after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour whilst playing minor counties cricket for Berkshire.

"After his diagnosis, he worked tirelessly to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for The Brain Tumour Charity, the largest dedicated fundraiser of research into brain tumours globally, and an organisation of which he was a patron.

"The thoughts of everyone at the club are with his wife Liz and his friends and family at this desperately sad time."

The devastating news comes at a difficult time for the cricket community, with Australian Test greats Ashley Mallett, Alan Davidson and Peter Philpott dying in the space of three days last weekend.

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