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Full name John Walter Edington Wiley
Born February 7, 1927, St James, Cape Town, Cape Province
Died March 29, 1987, Noordhoek, Cape Town, Cape Province (aged 60 years 50 days)
Major teams Oxford University, Western Province
Batting style Right-hand bat
John Wiley, the South African Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, who was found dead from gun shot wounds in Fishhoek, near Cape Town on March 29, was a sound right-handed batsman who played a few first-class games for Western Province and South African Universities between 1947-48 and 1948-49 before coming to England. He appeared in nine first-class matches for Oxford University between 1948 and 1951. He failed to win his Blue but his brother, W. G. A. Wiley did so in 1952. In all first-class cricket he scored 410 runs (18.64) with a highest score of 70 for Western Province against Rhodesia at Salisbury in 1947-48.
A political hard-liner in the National Party interest he was MP for Simonstown and in 1983 was challenged by Eddie Barlow, Born in Cape Town on February 7, 1927, he was aged 60 at his death.
The Cricketer, May 1987
Plays of the Day from the second ODI between England and India, in Cardiff
Plays of the day from the third ODI between England and India at Trent Bridge
Plays of the day from the tri-series match between Zimbabwe and South Africa
Would he have fared better than the incumbent middle-order batsmen, Root and Ballance?