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Full name Trevor Leslie Goddard
Born August 1, 1931, Durban, Natal
Current age 83 years 31 days
Major teams South Africa, Natal, North Eastern Transvaal
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium
|Test debut||England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jun 9-13, 1955 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Feb 19-24, 1970 scorecard|
One of the great but most seldom acknowledged allrounders, Trevor Goddard is remembered for leading South Africa to a drawn series in Australia in
1963-64 after he had become captain virtually by default and his team had
been described as no-hopers by the media in both countries. Instead, the tour launched the careers of such household names as Graeme and Peter Pollock, Eddie Barlow and Colin Bland. Goddard was a walking coaching manual, a left-hander of classically correct technique with bat and ball. His play was a model of economy of effort, and he was renowned for analysing opponents' strengths and weaknesses with uncanny accuracy and speed. A natural awayswinger to the right-hander, Goddard was also able to move the ball the other way. He remains one of South Africa's most solid opening batsmen. Goddard became an evangelist preacher after his retirement.
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?