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Full name Vivian Ian Smith
Born February 23, 1925, Durban, Natal
Current age 88 years 90 days
Major teams South Africa, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|Test debut||England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jun 7-11, 1947 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Dec 23-28, 1957 scorecard|
Ian Smith was a legbreak bowler whose usefulness was limited as he did not possess a googly, but on a turning track his accuracy and prodigious spin made him a difficult opponent. He toured England in 1947, taking 7 for 189 on debut at Nottingham in the only match South Africa really competed in. He headed the tour averages with 58 wickets at 23.17, his best of 13 for 66 coming at Derby (including a spell of 6 for 1 which included a hat-trick). He toured again in 1955 but was second fiddle to Hugh Tayfield.
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