Former WI batsman Austin dead at 60 - EntornoInteligente / Jamaica Gleaner / KINGSTON (CMC): Former West Indies and Jamaica all-rounder Richard ‘Danny Germs’ Austin has died in hospital here at age 60.

Austin was an enterprising right-hander, dynamic fielder who also bowled medium pace.

He played two Tests against Australia in the 1978 series without much success, and was dropped after he signed for the controversial Kerry Packer series. Desmond Haynes and Deryck Murray were also dropped.

Then captain Clive Lloyd resigned in protest and subsequently, the entire West Indies team did likewise.

Austin also played one One-Day International in that Australia series, and was part of the rebel tour to South Africa to 1983.

Born on September 4, 1954, Austin also played in the Lancashire League in England for Church Cricket Club in 1978 and Enfield Cricket Club in 1982.

An outstanding allround sportsman, Austin, was also very good footballer and played in the National Premier League football competition during the 1970s for Arnett Gardens Football Club.

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