Latest Cricket News: Former Proteas all-rounder John Watkins dies at 98

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Former Proteas all-rounder John Watkins dies at 98

Latest Cricket News: Former South Africa seam bowling all-rounder, John Watkins died at the age of 98 in Durban. He was the oldest living male cricketer alive. Watkins was suffering from ill-health before contracting coronavirus 10 days ago.

Watkins had made his test debut for South Africa against Australia in Johannesburg in 1949. He was known for his spectacular control over bowling & finished his Test career with an economy rate of 1.74, which is the sixth-best overall. He has scalped 15 wickets & aggregated 612 runs in 15 tests. Watkins was also known for his slip fielding and the high point of his Test career came in the year 1952-53 in Australia when he scored 408 runs and ended up with 16 scalps.

Watkins has also registered twin half-centuries in the MCG test to power South Africa to a four-wicket win. The series was drawn at 2-2, and it turned out to be the first time Australia didn’t win a Test series against South Africa. Watkins’s best test haul was of 4 for 22 against New Zealand in Wellington in 1952-53 when he ran through the Black Caps middle & lower order to guide Proteas to an inning win. Watkins played his final Test match against England in the 1956-57 season.

Watkins made his first-class debut against Rhodesia on New Year’s day in 1947 in the Currie Cup & played 59 first-class games during his illustrious career. He finished with 2158 runs and 96 wickets in first-class cricket.

“On behalf of the CSA Family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and cricketing colleagues,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Pholetsi Moseki.

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