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Full name Richard John Westcott
Born September 19, 1927, Lisbon, Portugal
Died January 16, 2013, Hermanus, Western Cape (aged 85 years 119 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Cape Town, Jan 1-5, 1954 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Australia at Durban, Jan 24-29, 1958 scorecard|
|First-class span||1949/50 - 1961/62|
Dick Westcott, who was the first Test cricketer born in Portugal and the only one until Moises Henriques debuted for Australia in 2013, was a more-than-useful allrounder who opened the innings with style rather than dourness, and was also a capable if little-used medium-pace change bowler. His achievements were all the more remarkable considering that he suffered a serious injury to his left arm in a car crash early in his career.
He made his Test debut in the third Test against the touring New Zealanders in 1953-54, scoring a career-best 62 in the second innings, but failed to shine in the remaining two matches.
He forced his way back into the side during the series against Australia in 195-58 with a good run of form which included two of his four career hundreds as well as an impressive half-century against the tourists for Western Province. However, he scored 18 runs in three innings against Australia and was dropped for good - all 18 runs came in the second innings of his comeback Test when he was the only South African other than Trevor Goddard to reach double figures.
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun