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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Voice of Cricket Dies

SYDNEY, Australia () -- Alan McGilvray, recognized as the voice of Australian cricket and who had called more than 200 Test matches on radio, died overnight Tuesday in a Sydney hospital.

McGilvray, 85, who had emphysema, had been seriously ill for more than a week.

McGilvray called cricket matches for 50 years for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, retiring in 1985. A shoemaker by trade, he played 20 matches for New South Wales and also captained the side.

He called more than 100 Ashes Tests between England and Australia, made 10 tours to England, three to the West Indies and two to South Africa.

"Alan was a highly respected commentator who brought a new dimension to the broadcasting of cricket and did so with distinction over many decades,'' said Sir Donald Bradman.