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Full name Roger Malcolm Prideaux
Born July 31, 1939, Chelsea, London
Current age 75 years 239 days
Major teams England, Cambridge University, Kent, Northamptonshire, Orange Free State, Sussex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||England v Australia at Leeds, Jul 25-30, 1968 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v England at Dhaka, Feb 28-Mar 3, 1969 scorecard|
|First-class span||1958 - 1974/75|
|List A span||1963 - 1973/74|
Roger Prideaux was a free-scoring right-hand opening batsman who promised much at the start of his career and was ultimately unlucky to play only three times for England. Tall and upright, he won Blues in all three years at Cambridge (1958-60), scoring heavily, but he had to wait until 1968 for his Test debut. Against Australia at Headingley, he scored a excellent 64, but missed the final Test at The Oval through injury. His place was taken by Basil D'Oliveira, triggering a chain of events which led to South Africa being banned. Prideaux was named in the 1968-69 South African tour which never took place, although he retained his place for the first two Tests against Pakistan later that winter - he scored 36 runs in four innings and was dropped. His main county career was at Northamptonshire (he joined after a brief spell with Kent) from 1962 to 1970, leading them in his last four seasons, and he then had three years with Sussex where he batted lower down the order. From 1971-72 he played for Orange Free State in the winter, eventually emigrating to South Africa. His wife, Ruth, coached and managed the England women's side.
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.