Full name John Cecil Watkins
Born April 10, 1923, Durban, Natal
Current age 92 years 110 days
Major teams South Africa, Natal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Dec 24-28, 1949 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v England at Cape Town, Jan 1-5, 1957 scorecard|
|First-class span||1946/47 - 1957/58|
John Watkins was a genuine allrounder - right-hand batsman who approached ever innings as if anything other than attacking strokeplay would have been an anathema, a decent, tight medium-pace bowler and an excellent slip fielder.
He emerged immediately after the war and made his Test debut in 1949-50 at home to South Africa but the highpoint of his 15-Test career came in Australia in 1952-53 when he scored 679 runs at 28.29 and took 31 wickets at 27.74 on the tour, of which 408 runs and 16 wickets came in the Tests. In the final Test at the MCG he made 92 (his Test best) and 50.
The mauling at Lord's means once again England are being reactive in terms of who bats at one-drop. It also means they are likely to shed their new-found aggression