South Africa news January 6, 2013

Neil Adcock dies aged 81

ESPNcricinfo staff

Neil Adcock, the former South Africa fast bowler, has died at the age of 81 in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal. He had pneumonia and was also suffering from cancer for a long period of time.

Adcock played 26 Tests for South Africa between 1953 and 1962, and took 104 wickets at an average of 21.10. After he took 26 wickets in a Test series in England in 1960, Wisden honoured him as one of their five Cricketers of the Year in 1961. He played 99 first-class games, taking 405 wickets at 17.25 apiece. After retiring, Adcock became part of SABC's radio commentary team.

"Neil was one of the great fast bowlers during what was truly a golden era of fast bowling," Cricket South Africa's acting chief executive Jacques Faul said. "At that time England had Trueman, Statham and Tyson; Australia had Lindwall, Miller and Davidson; and the West Indies had Hall and Gilchrist. Neil was right up with the best of them.

"On behalf of the CSA family and fans around the country I extend our condolences to his wife, Maureen, his family and friends."

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  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    RIP Neil. What a great team SA had in those days. Brings back memories of Jackie McGlew, John Waite, Roy McClean, Hugh Tayfield, Peter Heinie, Ken Funston and Trevor Goddard.The greatest test cricket was played against the MCC with Dennis Compton, Ted Dexter, Colin Cowdery, Godfrey Evans, Len Hutton, Fred Tyson, Fred Trueman, Staham, Loader, Jim Laker ,Tony Locke and the great Peter May. What great teams they were.

  • Dummy4 on January 7, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    Gutted. Neil Adcock is one of my favourite all-time bowlers. He was simply blindingly deadly and accurate. He now go and bowl in the greats matches up in the sky. RIP Neil, you will be missed.

  • Geoffrey on January 7, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    My old man told me about this bloke in a way that made me shiver. Sheer pace and frightening bounce. Gone to play in that big test match in the sky. RIP.

  • Phillip on January 7, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    A very underrated bowler.Even Neil Harvey;South Africa's previous tormentor struggled to face him.He was on par with Trueman,Statham,Hall,Davidson.Yet he barely gets a mention.

  • Jay on January 6, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    I don't know much about Neil Adcock BUT a life lost is always depressing. R.I.P and condolences to his family.

  • Neil on January 6, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    @Lillian... My late dad was at that Ellis Park Test and never spoke about Bob Blair's courage without having a tear in his eye. As a personal friend of the late Peter Heine my dad also met Neil (I'm named after him, in fact) and was hugely impressed by his generous spirit and wonderful nature. We've lost a true gentleman.

  • Mashuq on January 6, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Sadly never saw the great bloke - he wasn't in the team which I saw in my first test 51 years ago (also v NZ), but played in the next two (his final tests). Somewhere between Peter Pollock and Procter I think. Truly worthy point you make about fast bowling in SA, @DeckChairand6pack on (January 06 2013, 16:06 PM GMT) RIP Neil Adcock.

  • Stanton on January 6, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    aggree tommytucker, one of the few pieces Lillian has written which makes sense, and has facts in it. Was not alive when Neil played, but have heard and read enough bout him to know he was a really good and talented cricket. Rest in Peace Neil, and for Lillian, hope this is a start of some fact-based, balanced writing from you. No-one is saying the proteas are god-like in their current status, but they aer playing better cricket than any other test playing nation at present.

  • greig on January 6, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Lillian, one of your best pieces of writing, especially as its not battering SA.

    RIP Neil Adcock, swifty journey to heaven.