Daryll Cullinan      

Full name Daryll John Cullinan

Born March 4, 1967, Kimberley, Cape Province

Current age 51 years 281 days

Major teams South Africa, Border, Derbyshire, Easterns, Gauteng, Kent, Titans, Transvaal, Western Province

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Daryll John Cullinan
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests Insights on test 70 115 12 4554 275* 44.21 9300 48.96 14 20 548 25 67 0
ODIs Insights on odi 138 133 16 3860 124 32.99 5492 70.28 3 23 298 33 62 0
First-class 246 417 54 16261 337* 44.79 44 79 245 0
List A 330 315 42 8824 127* 32.32 9 49 155 0
T20s Insights on t20 12 7 2 107 40* 21.40 79 135.44 0 0 6 7 7 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 70 8 120 71 2 1/10 1/10 35.50 3.55 60.0 0 0 0
ODIs Insights on odi 138 9 174 124 5 2/30 2/30 24.80 4.27 34.8 0 0 0
First-class 246 992 486 10 2/27 48.60 2.93 99.2 0 0
List A 330 378 309 8 2/30 2/30 38.62 4.90 47.2 0 0 0
T20s Insights on t20 12 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v India at Cape Town, Jan 2-6, 1993 scorecard
Last Test West Indies v South Africa at Kingston, Apr 19-23, 2001 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut South Africa v Pakistan at Durban, Feb 9, 1993 scorecard
Last ODI South Africa v New Zealand at Cape Town, Nov 4, 2000 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut 1983/84
Last First-class Western Province Boland v Titans at Paarl, Mar 10-13, 2005 scorecard
List A debut 1984/85
Last List A Eagles v Titans at Bloemfontein, Feb 23, 2005 scorecard
T20s debut Titans v Lions at Centurion, Apr 8, 2004 scorecard
Last T20s Titans v Warriors at Centurion, Apr 27, 2005 scorecard

Less of an enigma than is sometimes claimed, Daryll Cullinan was the centrepiece of South Africa's batting from the early to mid 1990s. He came out second best in his duels with Shane Warne, but although much was made of the animosity between the two, a more sober assessment of Cullinan suggests that his failures on two Australian tours were largely the result of an almost desperate desire to prove himself against a cricketing nation he holds in high regard. In other words, Cullinan tried just too hard to succeed against Australia. Against all other attacks in all kinds of conditions he scored runs, as demonstrated by his century in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle in 2000 when his hundred came against Muttiah Mularitharan, the world's best offspinner, operating on a turning track. In 1994, when South Africa were decimated by Devon Malcolm and bowled out for 175, Cullinan made a graceful 94 and was the only South African not to lose his wicket to Malcolm. Equally adept against pace or spin, Cullinan had the priceless gift of timing. He made even a forward defensive prod look stylish. He took some time, it is true, to shake off a reputation earned as a schoolboy as the "new Graeme Pollock", a label tagged on him when he broke Pollock's record as South Africa's youngest first-class centurion. During the 1990s, however, Cullinan set the South African mark for the highest first-class score (337 not out against Northern Transvaal in 1993) and at Eden Park in 1999 he edged past Pollock's highest Test score of 274 by one run to claim the then South African record. Cullinan made 14 Test hundreds in all. More importantly, he accepted the role of senior batsman, and it is surely no coincidence that when he scored first-innings hundreds in the first and fourth Tests against England in 1999-00, South Africa went on to win both matches. Cullinan tried to opt out of one-day cricket at the end of the 2001 season, but the board, understandably, put pressure on him to sign a new two-year contract. However, he retired from all international cricket in 2002 under a cloud of dispute with the board. Recalled that season to play Australia after recovering from a knee injury and a lack of form, he suddenly withdrew from the team on the eve of the second Test. It was later revealed that the board had had been unable to meet certain demands made by Cullinan. He subsequently retracted his retirement, but the board found itself able to resist the temptation to bring him back. In 2007, Cullinan took up a coaching role with the ICL.
Peter Robinson

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Daryll Cullinan at an ESPNcricinfo interview, 2014

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Mar 13, 2012

Daryll Cullinan oversees the drills during a training session, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Dubai, March 13, 2012

Daryll Cullinan oversees the drills during a training session

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