Ian Smith      

Full name Vivian Ian Smith

Born February 23, 1925, Durban, Natal

Died August 25, 2015, Eston, Pietermaritzburg district, KwaZulu-Natal (aged 90 years 183 days)

Major teams South Africa, Natal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 9 16 6 39 11* 3.90 0 0 0 3 0
First-class 97 114 61 547 37 10.32 0 0 38 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 9 12 1655 769 12 4/143 7/189 64.08 2.78 137.9 1 0 0
First-class 97 22088 8233 365 9/88 22.55 2.23 60.5 26 8
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jun 7-11, 1947 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Dec 23-28, 1957 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1945/46 - 1957/58
Profile

Ian Smith was a legbreak bowler whose usefulness was limited as he did not possess a googly, but on a turning track his accuracy and prodigious spin made him a difficult opponent. He toured England in 1947, taking 7 for 189 on debut at Nottingham in the only match South Africa really competed in. He headed the tour averages with 58 wickets at 23.17, his best of 13 for 66 coming at Derby (including a spell of 6 for 1 which included a hat-trick). He toured again in 1955 but was second fiddle to Hugh Tayfield.
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