Allan Border in heartbreaking news after Parkinson's Disease reveal

The iconic cricket figure has made the devastating reveal to the Australian public.

Allan Border speaking on stage and Border with his wife.
Australian cricket icon Allan Border (pictured left) has made the sad reveal he has suffered from Parkinson's Disease since 2016. (Getty Images)

Australian cricket icon Allan Border has made the heartbreaking reveal he has suffered from Parkinson's Disease for the last seven years and doesn't expect to live past 80. The former Australia captain revealed to the public has been battling the disease since 2016 and cut back on public appearances.

The iconic captain is held in high-esteem in the cricket world and was the first player ever to reach 11,000 test runs. The stoic Aussie leader has often kept his life private from the public, but revealed the sad news on Friday.

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"I'm a pretty private person and I didn't want people to feel sorry for me sort of thing," the 68-year-old told Newscorp. "Whether people care you don't know. But I know there'll come a day when people will notice."

Border admitted his colleague and Fox Sports reporter Steve Crawley told him at a dinner last week that his good friends had already noticed the signs. "I get the feeling I'm a hell of a lot better off than most," Border said.

"At the moment I'm not scared, not about the immediate future anyway. I'm 68. If I make 80, that'll be a miracle. I've got a doctor friend and I said if I make 80, that'll be a miracle, and he said, 'That will be a miracle.' No way am I going to get another 100, that's for sure. I'll just slip slowly into the west."

The news was met with sadness by Australia's Test team in England after play on Friday with bowler Mitchell Starc addressing the news. "It's sad to hear one of the greats of Australian cricket and certainly a big character in the world of cricket," Starc said. "All wishes go out to his family as well."

Cricket world rallies around Allan Border

The cricket world was quick to rally around the legendary figure having been a symbol of the Aussie team throughout the 80s and beyond.

After debuting in 1978, the tenacious, stubborn left-hander racked up 27 hundreds and 63 half-centuries in the Baggy Green.

He reluctantly took over from Kim Hughes as Test captain in the summer of 1984-85 and is credited for reviving Australia's fortunes during one of the country's leanest periods in the sport's history.

Border skippered Australia to an improbable 1987 World Cup one-day title triumph in India and Pakistan before leading Australia - famously as Captain Grumpy - to an even more unlikely Ashes series win in England two years later.

The national sporting treasure retired after a 16-year, 156-Test career in 1994 with a phenomenal 50.56 batting average before serving as a respected long-term national selector.

with AAP

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