Robin Jackman dead: Former England bowler and popular cricket commentator passes away on Christmas Day aged 75

FORMER England cricketer Robin Jackman has died on Christmas Day at the age of 75.

The pace bowler is understood to have passed away at his home in Cape Town, eight years after being diagnosed with cancer.

Jackman played in four Tests and 15 ODIs for England between 1974 and 1983.

He also took more than 1,400 wickets in a first-class career spanning 16 years at Surrey, winning the County Championship in 1971.

Jackman – born in India in 1945 – moved into the commentary box in the country after retiring and was widely regarded as one of the best in the business with the microphone in hand.

'Jackers' continued to be a popular figure by winning over the hearts of many South Africa cricket fans with his work for SuperSport.

The sad news comes soon after the passing of Jackman's former Surrey team-mate and England legend John Edrich.

The ICC led the mourning with a tribute to Jackman, tweeting: "We are saddened to learn about the death of legendary commentator and former England bowler Robin Jackman, who has passed away aged 75.

"The thoughts of the cricketing world go out to his family and friends during this difficult time."

Former cricketer and coach Ian Pont added: "Really sad news at the passing of former adversary Robin Jackman. Yet another nice guy taken from us too soon. This year can do one. #RIPRobin"

Sports presenter Marcus Buckland said: "What a terrible day for

"First John Edrich and now the vibrant Robin Jackman who I loved watching as a young fan.

"Thanks for the memories Jackers. Could sense you were a special guy to be around."

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