Gilmour, who played 15 Tests and five one-day internationals for his country between 1973 and 1975, had battled health problems for many years following a liver transplant in 2005.
He passed away on Tuesday at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
A talented left-arm swing bowler and aggressive batsman, Gilmour returned outstanding figures of 6-14 to help Australia demolish England in a 1975 World Cup semi-final at Headingley.
He also claimed five wickets in the final of that tournament as Ian Chappell’s side suffered a narrow defeat to the West Indies.
Greg Chappell, another former Australia captain, once said of Gilmour: “Nobody had more talent than that bloke ” as much as (legendary West Indies all-rounder) Garry Sobers.”
Gilmour’s 54 Test wickets came at an average of 26, while he claimed 140 scalps in 42 first-class outings for New South Wales and scored a century on debut for the state against South Australia.
Cricket New South Wales chairman John Warn said: “Gary’s passing is a great loss for Australian cricket and on behalf of my fellow directors, the staff of New South Wales cricket and the wider cricketing community our deepest sympathies are offered to his wife Helen and immediate family.
“Gary was a well loved and respected member of the New South Wales Blues and his contribution to cricket within the state was immense.
“He was a man who enjoyed the challenge of competition and never gave anything less than 100 per cent when it came to representing his home state. He will be sadly missed.”
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