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Former Australian cricketer in "fight of his life"

Former Australian cricketer in "fight of his life"

Former Australian Test cricketer Gavin Robertson is “in for the fight of his life” following a cancer diagnosis.

The former spinner – who has represented Australia four times – had a tumour removed on May 13, hours after receiving the devastating news that he had brain cancer.

Speaking on Macquarie Sports Radio, reporter Mat Thompson said the 53-year-old is set to face “a very long fight” after undergoing the surgery.

“I want to wish our mate Gavin Robertson a happy birthday. I know he’s had happier birthdays than the one he’s experiencing right now,” Thompson said on Tuesday.

“Sadly, the news for Gav is not great ... I received an update from Gavin’s family last evening and it’s bad news. Robbo is facing a very long fight.

“When I heard the news of his diagnosis last night, I was numb. He’s a man who I’ve respected enormously for many years. He’s in for the fight of his life.”

Robertson began his professional cricket career in 1987 with the NSW Blues. He made his Test debut for Australia against India in 1998 and went on to don the baggy green three more times throughout his career.

After retiring from the sport in 2000, he moved into the media with regular TV appearances.

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Cricket figures have shared their support for Robertson following the news of his diagnosis and surgery.

“Thinking of Gavin Robertson and his family at this tough time,” former cricketer and national coach Darren Lehmann wrote on Twitter. “Our thoughts are with you all.”

“Thoughts with former AUS off-spinner [Robertson] who has undergone surgery for brain cancer,” wrote sports commentator Glenn Mitchell. “Happy birthday mate and stay strong.”