Full name Eric Owen Simons
Born March 9, 1962, Cape Town, Cape Province
Current age 53 years 144 days
Major teams South Africa, Northern Transvaal, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|ODI debut||South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Feb 19, 1994 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v South Africa at Christchurch, Feb 23-24, 1995 scorecard|
|First-class span||1982/83 - 1998/99|
|List A span||1983/84 - 1998/99|
Eric Simons was a stalwart of Western Province, whose claims for international recognition were overlooked until he was surprisingly called up in 1994 at the age of 32. He was a genuine allrounder - he bowled fast-medium, although he slowed to a more controlled medium in later year, and was a powerful middle-order thumper. In the next two years he played 23 ODIs, where he bowled with success but he disappointed as a batsman. After retiring, he became Western Province's coach and in September 2002 he was appointed as national coach. His tenure lasted two years until he stepped down in October 2004 amid a poor run of form for the national side. Wisden Cricinfo staff (October 2004)
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