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Pat Symcox      

Full name Patrick Leonard Symcox

Born April 14, 1960, Kimberley, Cape Province

Current age 54 years 109 days

Major teams South Africa, Griqualand West, Natal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Other Commentator

Relation Father - RL Symcox, Uncle - CW Symcox, Uncle - CW Symcox, Son - RP Symcox

Patrick Leonard Symcox
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 20 27 1 741 108 28.50 1321 56.09 1 4 80 12 5 0
ODIs 80 54 13 694 61 16.92 830 83.61 0 3 48 22 23 0
First-class 122 182 22 4206 108 26.28 2 23 68 0
List A 155 114 34 1646 82* 20.57 0 6 50 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 20 34 3561 1603 37 4/69 5/159 43.32 2.70 96.2 1 0 0
ODIs 80 80 3991 2762 72 4/28 4/28 38.36 4.15 55.4 1 0 0
First-class 122 20373 8852 264 7/93 33.53 2.60 77.1 5 0
List A 155 6960 4552 138 5/40 5/40 32.98 3.92 50.4 2 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut Sri Lanka v South Africa at Moratuwa, Aug 25-30, 1993 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v West Indies at Durban, Dec 26-29, 1998 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Sri Lanka v South Africa at Kandy, Aug 22, 1993 scorecard
Last ODI New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Feb 20, 1999 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1977-2000
List A span 1980-2000
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
18*, 0/15 SA Masters v Eng Masters Bridgetown 5 Dec 2009 Other T20
- SA Masters v Eng Masters Bridgetown 4 Dec 2009 Other T20
0/21 SA Masters v WI Masters Bridgetown 2 Dec 2009 Other T20
0/21, 6* SA Masters v SL Masters Bridgetown 28 Nov 2009 Other T20
Profile

Pat Symcox talks a better game than most, and played one almost as good. An opening batsman who became South Africa's premier spinner, he resurrected his career by moving from Kimberley's rural dustbowl to the brighter lights of Durban. He relied more on guile, mischievous exaggeration and razor-sharp competitive spirit than real turn, bounce or indeed Test-level talent, and he went far. He will be remembered for being dropped from the side after scoring his only Test century from No. 10, against Pakistan at Johannesburg, and for surviving being bowled by Mushtaq Ahmed at Faisalabad because the ball failed to dislodge a bail as it rattled between his stumps. Symcox moved into the commentary box but quit that in 2006 after Supersport looked to curb some of his more controversial comments about the state of the game. He now runs a property company.
Neil Manthorp

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Jun 26, 2004

Pat Symcox in the commentary box

Pat Symcox in the commentary box

© The Wisden Cricketer (South Africa)

Dec 19, 1998

Donald and Symcox collide

Donald and Symcox collide

© Photo by John Dawson

Dec 12, 1998

Symcox spoons a catch to Lambert  West Indies in South Africa, 1998/99, 2nd Test South Africa v West Indies St George's Park, Port Elizabeth Dec 12 1998

Symcox spoons a catch to Lambert

© United Cricket Board of South Africa

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3rd Place play-off: NPS v Sth Africa A at Darwin
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1st unofficial Test: Australia A v Sth Africa A at Townsville
Aug 7-10, 2014 (09:30 local | 23:30 GMT | 19:30 EDT | 18:30 CDT | 16:30 PDT)
2nd Youth Test: England U19 v S Africa U19 at Northampton
Aug 7-10, 2014 (11:00 local | 10:00 GMT | 06:00 EDT | 05:00 CDT | 03:00 PDT)
Only Test: Zimbabwe v South Africa at Harare
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