Full name Richard John Westcott
Born September 19, 1927, Lisbon, Portugal
Died January 16, 2013, Hermanus, Western Cape (aged 85 years 119 days)
Major teams South Africa, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Cape Town, Jan 1-5, 1954 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v Australia at Durban, Jan 24-29, 1958 scorecard|
|First-class span||1949/50 - 1961/62|
Dick Westcott, who was the first Test cricketer born in Portugal and the only one until Moises Henriques debuted for Australia in 2013, was a more-than-useful allrounder who opened the innings with style rather than dourness, and was also a capable if little-used medium-pace change bowler. His achievements were all the more remarkable considering that he suffered a serious injury to his left arm in a car crash early in his career.
He made his Test debut in the third Test against the touring New Zealanders in 1953-54, scoring a career-best 62 in the second innings, but failed to shine in the remaining two matches.
He forced his way back into the side during the series against Australia in 195-58 with a good run of form which included two of his four career hundreds as well as an impressive half-century against the tourists for Western Province. However, he scored 18 runs in three innings against Australia and was dropped for good - all 18 runs came in the second innings of his comeback Test when he was the only South African other than Trevor Goddard to reach double figures.
What makes this innocuous-seeming bowler so difficult to handle?