Full name Derek Norman Crookes
Born March 5, 1969, Mariannhill, Natal
Current age 47 years 323 days
Major teams South Africa, Easterns, Gauteng, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Father - NS Crookes
|ODI debut||Pakistan v South Africa at Karachi, Oct 16, 1994 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v South Africa at Sharjah, Mar 31, 2000 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warriors v Lions at Port Elizabeth, Jan 20-23, 2005 scorecard|
|List A debut||1990/91|
|Last List A||Eagles v Lions at Bloemfontein, Feb 16, 2005 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Titans v Lions at Centurion, Apr 8, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Western Province Boland v Lions at Cape Town, Apr 21, 2004 scorecard|
Derek Crookes was one of a number of spinners South Africa tried during the 1990s as they attempted to fill the one major hole in their team. He was a quickish offspinner who was well-suited to the one-day game with his sparky batting and lively fielding providing a useful all-round package. His international chance arrived during a one-day tournament in Pakistan during 1994-95, but he failed to take a wicket in his first five matches. He finally broke his wicket-taking duck in Kenya and chipped in with useful scalps without ever threatening to run through a team - a common story among South Africa spinners - and was never offered a chance in the Test side. His penultimate overseas tour was the infamous trip to India in 1999-00 where the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal hit the news. During the King Commission hearing it emerged that Cronje had agreed with bookmakers that Crookes would open the bowling. He did so in Nagpur, in the fifth one-day international, and conceded 69 runs off 10 overs, later admitting his astonishment at being asked. Crookes retired from first-class cricket in 2005-06 but his name came up again after Herschelle Gibbs was interviewed by Indian police before the 2006 Champions Trophy.
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