Omar Henry      

Full name Omar Henry

Born January 23, 1952, Stellenbosch, Cape Province

Current age 62 years 301 days

Major teams Scotland, South Africa, Boland, Orange Free State, Western Province, Western Province (SACB)

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Omar Henry
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 3 0 53 34 17.66 173 30.63 0 0 5 1 2 0
ODIs 3 3 1 20 11 10.00 26 76.92 0 0 2 0 1 0
First-class 131 200 33 4566 125 27.34 5 20 129 0
List A 153 132 24 2282 73* 21.12 0 9 56 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 4 427 189 3 2/56 2/56 63.00 2.65 142.3 0 0 0
ODIs 3 3 149 125 2 1/31 1/31 62.50 5.03 74.5 0 0 0
First-class 131 27060 11151 443 7/22 25.17 2.47 61.0 22 3
List A 153 6680 4166 105 3/9 3/9 39.67 3.74 63.6 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut South Africa v India at Durban, Nov 13-17, 1992 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v India at Cape Town, Jan 2-6, 1993 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut South Africa v Sri Lanka at Wellington, Mar 2, 1992 scorecard
Last ODI West Indies v South Africa at Port of Spain, Apr 11, 1992 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1974-1994
List A span 1978-1994
Profile

Omar Henry was unlucky in that the bulk of his career coincided with the dying years of apartheid and, so he did not get his chance on the international stage until he was 40 (he did represent South Africa against rebel touring sides in the 1980s). He was past his best when he played his three Tests and three ODIs, but gave glimpses of why he had taken 434 first-class wickets at 24.97 with his slow left-armers. The first non-white to play for South Africa, the wiry Henry also did much to break down the colour barrier in sport in the 1970s and 1980s. After retiring he went into commentary and coaching, eventually becoming South Africa's chairman of selectors.
Martin Williamson

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Jun 10, 2002

Omar Henry

Omar Henry, the RSA Convenor of Selectors

© Western Province Cricket Association

Jun 10, 2002

At the announcement of Simons as the new team coach of South Africa

Omar Henry, Convenor of Selectors, Gerald Majola, Chief Executive UCBSA and new coach Eric Simons

© Western Province Cricket Association

Jan 19, 1999

Sandeep Patil handing over the bat of friendship to O Henry SA captain

Sandeep Patil handing over the bat of friendship to O Henry SA captain

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