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Full name Gerald Alfred Skerten Innes
Born November 16, 1931, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died July 11, 1982, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 50 years 237 days)
Major teams South Africa, Transvaal, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Gerald Innes was educated at Bishops and later UCT and captained SA Schools in 1950 and 1951, showing great maturity. He was given a trial for the 1951 South African tour to England and scored 49, but he had to wait 18 months before representing South Africa in Australia and New Zealand in 1952-53 under the captaincy of Jack Cheetham, his provincial captain at Western Province. On tour he celebrated his 21st birthday when SA played New SouthWales, and he later produced a most cultured century against the powerful Victoria team which boasted five international bowlers, but he was unable to break into the Test team. Four years later a graceful 75 for WP at Newlands against Peter May's touring England side had armchair selectors and critics clamouring for his inclusion in the fifth and final Test at Port Elizabeth a week later. But he was not to earn a Test cap, despite being among the top 10 batsmen in South Africa. He played for and then skippered Transvaal late in his career and became a Transvaal selector, before returning to Cape Town and acting in the same capacity for WP. He died of cancer in 1982 at the age of 50.
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