George Murray Fullerton
December 08, 1922, Kensington, Johannesburg, Transvaal
November 19, 2002, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa, (aged 79y 346d)
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Right arm medium
Fullerton, George Murray, died in Cape Town on November 19, 2002, aged 79.
He toured England twice with South Africa, keeping wicket in two Tests in 1947 and
playing three as a batsman in 1951, when he hit 1,129 runs at 31.36 in his 20 firstclass
games. In between, he kept in the last two Tests against the 1949-50 Australians
and made a Test-best 88 at his native Johannesburg to help avoid the follow-on. George Fullerton made his first-class debut in December 1942 for the Rest of South Africa against an Air Force XI at Johannesburg. He was just 20, and there would be three
years of naval service before he played for Transvaal, impressing with his alert
glovework and making a maiden century before the summer was through. He was one
of three wicket-keepers taken to England in 1947 and, after Doug Ovenstone broke
his finger, the only option when South Africa dropped Johnny Lindsay at Headingley.
Wisden noted his driving, cutting and quick footwork during the tour. However, Fullerton
could play only three games for Transvaal over the next two seasons and Natal's Billy
Wade, unable to tour in 1947, resumed as South Africa's keeper until 1949-50, when
Fullerton came back. Russell Endean took over as Transvaal's wicket-keeper in 1950-
51 and Fullerton played as a batsman. Averaging 66.20, helped by 112 and 94 against
Western Province, he played a significant role in their Currie Cup victory. His good form continued in England, where he hit a career-best 167 against Essex at Ilford.
Business commitments allowed him no more first-class cricket after the tour. In 63
games he had scored 2,768 runs at 31.10, held 64 catches, made 18 stumpings and
taken three wickets at 35.66. In seven Tests he scored 325 runs at 25.00, held ten
catches and made two stumpings. His younger brother Ian also represented Transvaal.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2003
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