Ex-Australia Spinner Gavin Robertson Battling Brain Cancer
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Ex-Australia Spinner Gavin Robertson Battling Brain Cancer

Gavin Robertson (Credits: Getty)

Former Australia spinner Gavin Robertson is fighting for his life after being diagnosed with brain cancer. While Robertson did not face too many challenges in his short international career that spanned for just 4 Tests, he now faces arguably the greatest fight in his life. The former spinner had sought medical advice after reportedly feeling unwell and was found to be suffering from primary brain cancer, otherwise known as gliobastoma.

Robertson has undergone surgery to remove a brain tumour and is now set to begin an intensive course of chemo and radiation therapy over the next 18 months. Since bringing down curtains on his cricket career, Robertson has made a name for himself as a commentator. He was also working as community liaison officer for the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL team.

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“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,”  reporter Mat Thompson said on Macquarie Sports Radio. “But he has a wonderfully supporting family, great friends and many wellwishers among the supporting public.

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Former Australia cricketers Darren Lehmann and Tom Moody also wished for Robertson’s speedy recovery as they threw their support behind their compatriot.

“Thinking of Gavin Robertson and his family at this tough time, the world is testing all of us and many others affected by Cancer, keep going @GavRobbo375 @MarkAllenGolf you are true champions, your families are great pillars of strength and our thoughts are with you all. Xxxx,” wrote Lehmann.

On the other hand, Moody tweeted:

“Thinking of Gavin Robertson this evening as he battles brain cancer. One of the good guys, stay strong Robbo all our prayers are with you mate. @GavRobbo375”

Gavin Robertson, meanwhile, played all of his four Tests in 1998 and picked up 13 wickets. In his first class career, he picked up 127 wickets in 58 appearances.