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Yorkshire legend Sharpe dies

Former Yorkshire and England batsman Phil Sharpe has died after a short illness. He was 77.

Sharpe, who was one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1963, averaged 46.23 in his 12 Tests and was a member of seven County Championship-winning teams at Yorkshire.

He made in excess of 22,000 first class runs during his 20-year career but will be remembered most as one of the greatest slip fielders of his generation having taken more than 600 catches.

Yorkshire president Dickie Bird, a contemporary of Sharpe's as a player, told the county's official website: "I grew up with Philip in the nets at Yorkshire.

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"He was one of the best slip fielders I ever saw. He would be ranked amongst

the very best alongside the likes of Mark Waugh, Bobby Simpson, Ian Botham and Ian Chappell.

"In my opinion he should have played more times for England. His batting

record at Test level was fantastic. Averaging over 46 is a big achievement in

the international arena.

"Philip was a true gentleman, and he will be a sad loss to Yorkshire Cricket."