Full name Michael John Procter
Born September 15, 1946, Durban, Natal
Current age 68 years 319 days
Major teams Rhodesia, South Africa, Gloucestershire, Natal, Orange Free State, Western Province
Nickname Prock, Procky
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Education Hilton College, Natal
|Test debut||South Africa v Australia at Durban, Jan 20-25, 1967 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, Mar 5-10, 1970 scorecard|
|First-class span||1965 - 1988/89|
|List A span||1968 - 1983/84|
|Test debut||Pakistan v New Zealand at Lahore, May 1-3, 2002 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v India at Adelaide, Jan 24-28, 2008 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Pakistan v New Zealand at Karachi, Apr 21, 2002 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka at Harare, Nov 30, 2008 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland, Feb 16, 2006 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Pakistan v Bangladesh at Karachi, Apr 20, 2008 scorecard|
Probably one of the most natural talents the game of cricket has ever seen, Mike Procter was denied the chance to showcase his talents on the international stage by South Africa's isolation. His performances in the seven Test matches he did play - all against Australia - suggest he would have kept favourable company with other great allrounders of the late 20th century such as Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev and Richard Hadlee. He took 41 wickets at 16 apiece, and averaged 34.83 with the bat in the second of the two series. Always one for the spectacular, Procter put together a string of memorable performances for his English county side Gloucestershire, to which he was passionately loyal. He scored six centuries in consecutive first-class innings while playing for Rhodesia in the early 1970s, and went on to coach South Africa as they returned to the international stage. He later became a member of the ICC's elite panel of match referees where controversy seemed to follow him - he was the referee at The Oval in 2006 when Pakistan forfeited the Test and again in Sydney in 2007-08 when he banned Harbhajan Singh. He stood down from the position in 2008 in order to take up a new role as South Africa's convener of selectors.
Neil Manthorp October 2008
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1970
Walter Lawrence Trophy 1979
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