Alexander John Bell
April 15, 1906, East London, Cape Province
August 01, 1985, Mowbray, Cape Town, Cape Province, (aged 79y 108d)
Right hand Bat
Right arm Fast medium
Alexander John 'Sandy' Bell, who played sixteen times for South Africa between 1929 and 1935, died in Cape Town on August 2, 1985, aged 79. In all but two of his Tests he opened the bowling, sometimes working up a good pace, bringing the ball down from a considerable height and capable of late in-swing. He toured England twice, in 1929 and 1935, and took 23 wickets in five Tests in Australia in 1931-32, claiming five wickets in an innings in successive Test matches at Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. He had his best Test figures in his first Test match, at Lord's when he took the last six wickets in England's first innings and finished with six for 99. In the same series he shared what remains the record tenth-wicket partnership for South Africa in Test cricket - 103 with H. G. Owen-Smith at Headingley. Though no batsman himself, Bell's share was 26. Altogether he took 48 Test wickets (32.65) and 228 first-class wickets (23.29) At Cape Town in 1929-30 he took thirteen for 61 for Western Province against Eastern Province.
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