Full name Atholl Henry McKinnon
Born August 20, 1932, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province
Died December 2, 1983, Durban, Natal (aged 51 years 104 days)
Major teams South Africa, Eastern Province, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 18-23, 1960 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Dec 31, 1966 - Jan 5, 1967 scorecard|
|First-class span||1952/53 - 1968/69|
Atholl Henry McKinnon, who died in Durban on December 2, 1983, aged 51, played eight times for South Africa between 1960 and 1967, taking 26 Test wickets at 35.57 apiece. As portly as he was affable, he belonged to the classical school of slow orthodox left-arm bowlers, length, line and flight playing at least as much a part as spin. Born at Port Elizabeth and educated, like the Pollock brothers, at Grey High School, McKinnon began his first-class career, in 1952-53, with Eastern Province and ended it, in 1967-68, with Transvaal. He toured England twice, in 1960 and 1965, being the only member of the 1965 team to have also been in the previous side. In 1964-65, when England were last in South Africa, McKinnon was brought into the South African side for the fourth Test. His four for 128 in 51 overs in England's first innings and three for 44 in 35 overs in the second showed him at his best, his control being excellent, his line off stump and outside. In South Africa in 1966-67 when, amid nation-wide excitement, the home side won a series against Australia for the first time, he played in the first two Tests. He was a burly tail-ender, who batted right-handed and had a top score of 62. After retiring he was a patient and popular cricket coach. His death, from a heart attack, came when he was managing the unofficial West Indian team touring South Africa. All told he took 470 first-class wickets (average 21.14) and scored 1,687 runs (average 15.06).
Father of G.P. (Eastern Province).
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