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Ace cricket writer commits suicide

Renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck was found dead on Sunday at his hotel in South Africa where he was covering Australia's Test series against the Proteas.

cricket Updated: Nov 14, 2011 00:31 IST
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Renowned cricket writer Peter Roebuck was found dead on Sunday at his hotel in South Africa where he was covering Australia's Test series against the Proteas.

British-born Roebuck, 55, studied law at Cambridge and played 335 first-class matches before making a career writing about the sport, establishing an avid following with his forthright, intelligent prose. He also commentated for Australian radio and wrote for the nation’s newspapers.

Roebuck was found dead in a Newlands hotel. Western Cape police spokesman Frederick van Wyk said: “There was an incident around 9 pm on Saturday when a British citizen, who is a cricket commentator, committed suicide by jumping from the sixth floor of his Claremont hotel. He died on impact.”

He wouldn’t confirm media reports that Roebuck was spoken to by local police earlier on Saturday and that people had seen him in an agitated state following that.

Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1988, he captained English county Somerset in the 1980s. He penned several books on the sport and was sometimes a polarising figure, known for his strong views and admired as one of cricket's most articulate and incisive minds.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/HTEditImages/Images/14_11_pg-21a.jpg

In his diary of a season, ‘It Never Rains’, Roebuck reflected upon how strange it was “that cricket attracts so many insecure men”.

“It is surely the very worst game for an intense character, yet it continues to find many obtuse sensitivities among its players,” he said. “Men of imagination, men of ideals risk its harsh exposures.”

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Roebuck will be best remembered in India for his indictment of then skipper Ricky Ponting and his Australia team — whom he dubbed ‘a pack of wild dogs’ — for their behaviour in the controversial Sydney Test in 2008.

Roebuck was one of the few journalists to condemn the on-field behaviour of the hosts. “Ricky Ponting must be sacked as captain of the Australian cricket team,” he wrote in his newspaper column.