South Africa news August 26, 2015

Former SA legspinner Ian Smith dies at 90

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ian Smith, the former South Africa legspinner, died at the age of 90 on August 25. Smith represented South Africa in nine Tests between 1947 and 1957 and picked up 12 wickets. His career-best match figures of 7 for 189 came in his debut in Nottingham, where England were forced to follow-on.

The presence of spinners such as Athol Rowan, Hugh Tayfield and Tufty Mann resulted in Smith not being able to add a few more caps to his Test career. However, Smith, who turned out for Natal, had an impressive first-class record, picking up 365 wickets in 97 matches at an average of 22.55

"On behalf of the CSA Family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and his cricketing colleagues", CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.

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