Full name Herbert Hayton Castens
Born November 23, 1864, Pearston, Cape Province
Died October 18, 1929, Fulham, London, England (aged 64 years 329 days)
Major teams Eastern Province, Western Province
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education Rugby School; Oxford University
|First-class span||1889/90 - 1893/94|
HH Castens was born in South Africa and came to England where he was educated at Rugby and Oxford, where he studied law, winning a Blue at rugby . He also played for Middlesex and South of England. In 1889-90 he played for Western Province, scoring 165 on Christmas Day against Eastern Province. In 1891 a British rugby side toured South Africa and Castens refereed the tour opener and on July 30 he captained South Africa in their first Test at Port Elizabeth which they lost. He also managed and coached Western Province while still playing for them.
In 1895 Castens was chosen to lead a South Africa cricket side on their first tour of England where they played counties but none in first-class games. Of 24 games played on tour, 12 were won, five lost and seven drawn.
Castens moved to Southern Rhodesia, where he worked as an advocate, and was later elected to the National Legislative, becoming secretary to the government for a number of years.
Cricket stats need to take into account various contextual factors relating to players' and teams' performances if they are to be meaningful
Mohammad Asif is playing club cricket in Scandinavia as he strives for a Pakistan comeback and to rebuild his career in the wake of the spot-fixing scandal
Visibility is good, so is durability, and while it does swing a fair amount, it ought to spin as well
Test cricket needs to be given back to the people. Everybody must buy in to this bigger picture or the moment will pass us by
Angelo Mathews talks about the challenges of leading an inexperienced team, and the possibility of giving up the T20 captaincy