Australian cricket legend Brian Taber dead at 83: Tributes pour in for one of the game’s finest wicketkeepers
- Australian cricket has paid tribute to former wicketkeeper Brian Taber
- Taber died on Friday aged 83, leaving cricket in shock
- He is widely viewed as one of Australia’s greatest wicketkeepers
Australian cricket is in mourning after wicketkeeper Brian Taber died aged 83.
Taber was viewed as one of the best of all time behind the stumps, with his closest friends remarking that he had a ‘heart of gold’.
He played 16 Tests for Australia between 1966 and 1970, where he earned his reputation as one of the finest glovesmen for his country.
Born in Wagga Wagga and raised in Wollongong, Taber begun his career in 1964-65 with New South Wales and went on to become the state’s captain.
Known as ‘Tabsy’ or ‘Herbie’ by his teammates, he averaged 18.01 with the bat but was a constant threat behind the stumps. He played 129 first-class matches and made one century.
Australian cricket legend Brian Taber has died at the age of 83
The New South Walian is widely regarded as one of Australia’s greatest wicketkeepers
He retired in 1974 and became a top coach, working with the Australia U19 side.
Such was his impact as mentor and coach, the national U19s championship is named after Taber and he earned a nomination for NSW’s Hall of Fame in 2021.
Cricket NSW paid tribute to Taber, labelling him as ‘one of Australia’s greatest ever keepers’.
‘We are deeply saddened by Brian’s passing and enormously grateful for his significant contribution to Australian Cricket,’ said Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley.
‘Brian’s vast popularity among former teammates, and all those fortunate enough to have known him, is just one indication of the impact he had on our game.
‘Brian had a passion for the development of young players, and it is fitting that the Player of the Tournament at the Men’s National Under-19 Championships will continue to receive the Brian Taber Medal.
Taber went on to become a renowned coach and mentored Australia Under-19s
Taber (second left) with his New South Wales teammates after beating Western Australia
‘Our deepest condolences to Brian’s family, former teammates and his many friends at this sad time.’
Cricket NSW CEO Lee Germon called Taber ‘one of the most popular NSW and Australian players ever’.
‘We are devastated by the passing of Brian Taber and send our condolences to his family and friends,’ Germon said.
‘His contribution to Australian cricket was immense, as a player, coach, manager and selector.
‘Tabsy was universally loved for both his skill as a wicketkeeper and his character as a person.
‘He was such a nice, genuine guy and he will be greatly missed by all.’
Brian Taber is pictured here in his later years