Ian Craig (1935–2014) was a cricketer who represented Australia in 11
Tests between 1953 and 1958. A teenage prodigy, he made his first-class
debut for New South Wales in 1952 at the age of 16, and soon earned
comparisons to the great batsman Don Bradman, but was never as
successful in his later career. Craig was, and remains, the youngest
Australian cricketer to score a first-class double century (against the
touring South Africa national cricket team), to represent his country in
a Test match, and to tour England (in the 1953 Ashes tour). For the
1957–58 tour of South Africa, Craig was appointed as Australian
captain, the youngest man ever to hold the position, and led the team to
an unexpected 3–0 victory despite his poor personal batting form. He
missed the 1958–59 season with hepatitis, and could not regain his
Test place when he returned the following season. Work commitments
forced him to retire from first-class cricket at 26. In later life,
Craig was the managing director of the Australian subsidiary of the
British pharmaceutical firm Boots, but continued his involvement with
cricket as a board member of the New South Wales Cricket Association,
trustee of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, and chairman of the Bradman
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