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Tributes continue to flow in for maestro of cricket writing, Peter Roebuck

Tributes continue to pour in for the maestro of cricket writing Peter Roebuck, who died in mysterious circumstances on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday at the age of 55.

Former Australian captain Steve Waugh, who played alongside Roebuck at Somerset in 1988, said that Roebuck was "'without a doubt � cricket's premier journalist."

"He was never afraid to tackle the big issues in world cricket and would often be a lone voice if he believed strongly in the cause. As a captain I would always be keen to read Peter's take on the previous day's play."

"He had the unique knowledge, instincts and gut feel that enabled him to interpret body language, detect the subtle duels and tussles that would often be a precursor to a more defining moment. His presence and views will be sorely missed," he added.

Mark Taylor, whom Waugh succeeded in 1999, said that Roebuck's opinion was greatly respected as it was based on nearly 40 years' involvement in the game.

"He didn't write articles or say things which he thought would make him popular," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Taylor, as saying.

"Not every player, me included, agreed with what he said all the time. We did know it wasn't based on a whim, it was based on a lot of experience," he added.

Greg Chappell said that Roebuck had a very distinctive style and was a well-thought-of commentator and writer on the game.

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