The 74-year-old Australian Test cricketer died in hospital this morning after a long battle with cancer.

Mann has been an outstanding servant of cricket in Western Australia and was awarded WACA Life Membership in 2009 for his work both on and off the field.

Leg-spinning allrounder and brilliant fielder Tony “Rocket” Mann played 76 times for Western Australia, featuring in seven WA Sheffield Shield winning teams and five domestic One-Day trophies in a playing career which spanned two decades.

The handy lower-order bat played four Test matches for Australia against India in 1977-78, he is best known for scoring a Test century that summer as a nightwatchman at the WACA Ground. His 105 set the home side on course to a two-wicket victory.

Mann sits 11th on the list of leading WA first class wicket-takers with 196 at an average of 33.63, with best figures of 6-94.

Mann also served three Premier Cricket clubs; Midland-Guildford, University and Mount Lawley, with distinction for almost 30 years, including stints as Captain-Coach at both the Swans and Hawks.

He was also involved with the WACA as Cricket Manager throughout the WA teams’ successful era in the 1990s.

WACA CEO Christina Matthews:

“Tony was a fantastic servant of the game, from a player to the head of cricket here at the WACA and going on to coach in a number of our programs,” she said.

“He played a big part in the careers of many WA players, including the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Brad Hogg and was never shy to drive everyone to be better.

“On behalf of everyone at the WACA and the WA cricket community we send our deepest sympathy to the Mann family."

*Attached picture is Tony Mann batting for Australia as nightwatchman at the WACA Ground in the second Test against India (December 16-21, 1977).