Former Nottinghamshire and England batsman Reg Simpson has passed away at the age of 93.
Simpson played 27 Tests for his country and he had been England's oldest surviving Test cricketer.
His stylish strokeplay yielded 30,546 runs in 495 first class matches and he made four Test centuries, including a crucial 156 not out in the eight-wicket win over Australia at Melbourne in 1951.
ECB Chief Executive David Collier said: "Reg Simpson was an elegant opening batsman who served his country with distinction, both as a pilot in the Second World War and a fearless player of fast bowling.
"His 156 in Melbourne led England to our first post-War Test victory in Australia and Reg succeeded Sir Alec Bedser as England's most senior player in 2010.
"He held a deep passion for the game and his beloved Trent Bridge. On behalf of everyone at the ECB, we extend our deepest sympathy to Reg's family."
A great servant
Simpson retired in 1960 and went on to serve on the Nottinghamshire committee for 37 years between 1961 and 1998.
Nottinghamshire chairman Peter Wright said: "Reg was a superb opening batsman, who excelled against the fastest of bowlers.
"He served Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club with distinction, firstly as a player, and then as Chairman of Finance and President.
"He was an excellent talent and would undoubtedly have achieved even more in the game if his career had not been put on hold for the outbreak of war in 1939.
"His achievements outside his playing career, firstly during the war as a pilot, and later as a Managing Director of Gunn and Moore will always be remembered."
The county's website added: "Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club are saddened to announce that their former captain Reg Simpson has died aged 93.
"He has regularly returned to Trent Bridge, most recently to take in the Investec Ashes Test in July. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family at this time."