Full name Headley James Keith
Born October 25, 1927, Dundee, Natal
Died November 17, 1997, Pennington, Natal (aged 70 years 23 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||Australia v South Africa at Melbourne, Feb 6-12, 1953 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v England at Durban, Jan 25-30, 1957 scorecard|
|First-class span||1950/51 - 1957/58|
Headley James Keith, who died on November 17, 1997, aged 70, was a left-hand batsman, strong off the back foot, who was an important component of the powerful Natal batting line-up of the 1950s. Keith failed to make a successful transition into Test cricket, though he toured both Australia and England, and in 1952-53 became the first South African to score two centuries in a match in Australia: against Victoria at the MCG. He made his debut in the Melbourne Test, scoring 40 not out to seal victory and square the series; he also made 57 in the Lord's Test of 1955 and 73 at Leeds two Tests later. Both times he was watchful rather than dominant. Keith played eight Tests in all, but did little in the others. He was a useful slow left-armer at Currie Cup level.
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