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Full name Neil Amwin Treharne Adcock
Born March 8, 1931, Sea Point, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died January 6, 2013, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal (aged 81 years 304 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Durban, Dec 11-15, 1953 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v New Zealand at Port Elizabeth, Feb 16-20, 1962 scorecard|
Neil Adcock was the first South African quick bowler to take 100 Test wickets. Unlike Procter, the Pollocks and Donald, Neil Adcock did not have the benefit of world-class support, but he still managed 104 wickets at an average of only 21. He used his height to make the ball lift alarmingly off a length. In England in 1960, Adcock was a revelation, brushing off the controversy surrounding his new-ball partner Geoff Griffin - who was no-balled for throwing - to take 26 wickets in the Tests, even though South Africa lost the series 3-0. On the whole tour, he took 108 wickets at an average of 14, and was named as one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1961 as a result.
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1961
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