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Len Maddocks, the former wicketkeeper who played seven Tests for Australia during the 1950s, has died at the age of 90. Maddocks had become Australias oldest living Test cricketer last year after the death of Arthur Morris; the oldest now is opening batsman Ken Archer, 88, who also played five Tests in the 1950s.A short and nimble gloveman whose skill behind the stumps was such that he only once broke a finger, Maddocks was second in line to Gil Langley as Australias wicketkeeper during the mid-1950s. Although he went on numerous tours with the Australian side, Maddocks chances in the Test XI were limited.He made his Test debut at his home ground, the MCG, against England in 1954-55, and top scored with 47 in his first innings. Again Maddocks was Australias top scorer in the first innings of his second Test, with 69 against England in the Adelaide Oval Test of the same series.A well-respected domestic cricketer, he captained both Victoria and Tasmania during a first-class career that spanned more than 20 years. Although Tasmania was not part of the Sheffield Shield competition during his playing time, Maddocks later joined the ACB as a board member and was proud of his work chairing a sub-committee that organised the states inclusion in the Shield.As an administrator, he is also remembered for being Australias team manager on the 1977 Ashes tour of England, when the World Series Cricket split came to light. In later years, Maddocks was philosophical about his involvement at such a fractious time, telling ESPNcricinfo in 2012 that somebody had to [be the manager], and all you can do is your best.Maddocks will also go down in history as the final victim in what came to be known as Lakers match, when England offspinner Jim Laker took 19 wickets in the Manchester Test of 1956. Maddocks was trapped lbw to complete Lakers 10-wicket haul in the second innings.Bradman wouldnt have lasted on that pitch, Maddocks said in 2011. Colin McDonald and Jimmy Burke were the openers and batted well, and Ian Craig played a reasonable innings. The rest of us could hardly put bat to ball.Born in 1926 in Beaconsfield, now an outer south-eastern suburb of Melbourne, Leonard Victor Maddocks was raised in the inner-western suburb of Newport. He was one of three brothers, and cricket played a major part in his upbringing: he remembered playing in four separate competitions of a weekend, one each on Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon, then another pair of games on Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon.After each days play, dad would discuss with us the things that had happened, where other kids had made mistakes and where we could have done better, Maddocks said in 2012. Mum used to go to all of our cricket, all of our football, all of our baseball. Wed set out from home at Newport with the old man out front on his bike, then my older brother Alan, then me, then Dick on our three bikes.Behind us came Mum, and the old man had built a little platform thing on her bike so that she could carry the soft drinks and the afternoon tea and the scorebooks. She had to score. I remember saying to her later in life, how did you put up with us Mum? She said, if I hadnt put up with you and gone with you, I would never have seen any of you! They were great days.Maddocks was also a talented Australian rules footballer and was on North Melbournes list during the 1940s, but never played a senior game. His brother Dick played five senior VFL games for North Melbourne also represented Victoria in cricket, but died of a heart attack at the age of 40. Len Maddocks was more fortunate in his health: he survived a heart attack in his 70s.After his first-class career finished, Maddocks continued playing club cricket until the age of 46. His son Ian, also a wicketkeeper, went on to play 25 matches for Victoria. Tommy Edman . The quest begins with what is supposed to be an easy one, although Germany has traditionally been a stubborn opponent to Canadian teams at international tournaments. Matt Wieters . The next step is a better finish. 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Even more so for Chris Coleman.The journey to Wednesdays game against Portugal -- the first semifinal in Welsh football history -- has been an arduous one for the 46-year-old Coleman.His playing career prematurely ended following a car crash that he was fortunate to survive, while his first managerial job in the spotlight of the Premier League was terminated just as he was getting going.Five years were spent in the managerial wilderness in lower-league jobs in England, Spain and Greece, between spells of being unemployed.There are a lot of good managers out of work because there only so many jobs, Coleman said Tuesday. Two jobs running if you get it wrong, its hard to get that third one. Thats generally the rule.Many in Colemans position might have given up and pursued an easier life as a television pundit.Coleman, however, had the greatest British manager of them all as a mentor: Alex Ferguson.I was out of work for a year and my next job, which was four years after managing in the Premier League (at Fulham), was in the second division in Greece, Coleman recalled. I went there (to Larissa in 2011) on the advice of Alex Ferguson.He just told me, `Youve been out for a year, dont wait. The next one that comes up, it doesnt matter where it is -- take it. So I did. I took a chance. Its the best thing that happened to me.Coleman regained his confidence, having been fired in 2010 after struggling in the second tier with Coventry.I rethought a lot about myself, Coleman said. I got it wrong at Coventry. I can give you loads of sob stories about my time at Coventry but actually, if Im honest, I could have done better.The answer was typical of Colemans candor, a reflection of the challenges he has faced to reach the Euro 2016 semifinals with his nation.You find out a lot about yourself when you are out of comfortable environment and you are asked difficult questions and you have to find the answers, Coleman said.He faced those kinds of questions early in his Wales career, a job he inherited in tragic circumstances in early 2012 after Gary Speed took his own life.dddddddddddd The lowest ebb on the field came in September 2012 with a 6-1 loss away to Serbia early in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.I had doubts whether I was capable of doing the job after the Serbia game, Coleman recently recalled.When you embarrass the country, as Coleman remembered it, resignation seemed the only option.Coleman stuck at the job and Wales persevered with its coach through a qualifying campaign that produced three wins in 10 matches.It didnt seem to be working, but all of sudden it worked out, Football Association of Wales President David Griffiths said. He changed the philosophy. Everyone was talking about Gary Speed, but Chris has done it his way.Wales was rejuvenated inside two years as Coleman changed the teams mindset.We used to be far too honest, Coleman said at the Stade de Lyon. Anything you need to do to stay in the game, you stay in the game. I call that being street-wise, football-smart.Weve got much better at that in the last couple of years ... sometimes its not very pretty, it can be ugly. People look at it and say its negative.Its been producing positive results.With Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey leading on the pitch, surrounded by many unheralded players, Wales qualified for its first tournament since the 1958 World Cup.The squad unity has shone through in France where Wales stunned Belgium to reach the semifinals.The team spirit is real, Coleman said. It came from the darker days when it wasnt so easy for us.Colemans light touch and confident demeanor, while retaining a steely determination, certainly helps.Damnit, Coleman said, when asked at the Stade de Lyon if he was influenced by Italys three-man defense. Weve been found out!Not yet in the knockout stage.---Rob Harris can be followed at www.twitter.com/RobHarris and www.facebook.com/RobHarrisReports ' ' '
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