Peter van der Merwe dies

  • Last Updated: January 23 2013, 12:30 GMT

Former South Africa captain Peter van der Merwe has died at the age of 75 in Port Elizabeth following a period of poor health.

Peter van der Merwe: Former South Africa captain
Peter van der Merwe: Former South Africa captain

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The middle-order batsman played in 15 Tests for the Proteas and skippered the side in eight, including a series win against England in 1965 and the team's first ever series victory over Australia in 1966-67.

After retiring from the game he went on to become the first national convener of selectors following the unification of South African cricket in 1991 and was an ICC match referee for eight years.

"Peter made an immense contribution to South African cricket both on and off the field," said CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul.

"He played a major role in changing the mindset of South African cricket from a defensive to an attacking style of play. He was hugely popular with and respected by his players."

Van der Merwe scored 533 Test runs at an average of 25.38 and amassed 4086 runs in the first-class game, averaging 29.18.

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