Full name Peter Laurence van der Merwe
Born March 14, 1937, Paarl, Cape Province
Died January 23, 2013, Port Elizabeth, Cape Province (aged 75 years 315 days)
Major teams South Africa, Eastern Province, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||Australia v South Africa at Brisbane, Dec 6-11, 1963 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Australia at Port Elizabeth, Feb 24-28, 1967 scorecard|
|First-class span||1956/57 - 1968/69|
|Test debut||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Oct 18-22, 1992 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v New Zealand at The Oval, Aug 19-22, 1999 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Oct 25, 1992 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Sharjah, Oct 22, 1999 scorecard|
Peter van der Merwe was originally a slow left-arm bowler, but later developed into a genuine allrounder as his right-hand batting become more reliable, and towards the end of his career played as a specialist batsman. He was a shrewd captain, leading South Africa to series wins against England in 1965 and against Australia in 1966-67. Described as "a perfect ambassador", he was always courteous and gained tremendous loyalty from his players. After retiring, he pursued a successful business career but retained his links with the game. He was chairman of South Africa's selectors in the 1980s and early 1990s, and for eight years was an ICC match referee.
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?