Tony Pithey 1933-2006 November 18, 2006

Tony Pithey dies aged 73

Cricinfo staff

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The former South African cricketer Tony Pithey died yesterday at his home in Southbroom, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. He was 73.

Pithey, who played 17 Tests between 1956-57 and 1964-65, was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas in May.

Rhodesian-born Pithey's Test career had one distinct highlight: a patient 154 against England at Cape Town in 1964-65. It was his only Test hundred. Able to bat as an opener or lower down the order, he was an accumulator rather than a strokemaker, and was fearless against fast bowling. His final Test series - against England - was his best, with his 462 runs coming at 51.33. But his runs came slowly - the 154, made on a good pitch, took six hours and his 95 in the next Test was equally pedestrian.

He was named in the side to tour England in 1965 but didn't make the trip, withdrawing for business reasons.