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Jackie McGlew
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Jackie McGlew

South Africa

INTL CAREER: 1951 - 1992

Full Name

Derrick John McGlew

Born

March 11, 1929, Pietermaritzberg, Natal

Died

June 09, 1998, Craighill Park, Johannesburg, Transvaal, (aged 69y 90d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak googly

Other

Referee

TEAMS

Wisden obituary
Jackie McGlew died from a blood disorder in Pretoria on June 9, 1998, aged 69. Jackie McGlew became synonymous with South African cricket in the 1950s. His batting fitted his name: he was a sticker, and concentration, discipline, commitment and athleticism were the abiding virtues of his own game, and that of his team. He became famous - or notorious - for some of Test cricket's slowest innings. He batted nine hours 35 minutes for 105 against Australia at Durban in 1957-58; his 545-minute century remained the slowest in first-class cricket for 20 years. Although as a feat of endurance and concentration it was remarkable, said Wisden, it is doubtful whether South Africa benefited by it. They led by 221 on first innings but could not bowl Australia out. McGlew grew up in Natal, and was pictured waving a bat as a four-year-old. He went on to captain the province's schoolboys, and made his debut for Natal in 1947-48. In 1951 he was picked to tour England on the strength of 138 in a 12-a-side (and thus non-first-class) Test trial at Kingsmead. He hit 40 when South Africa won at Trent Bridge but failed in his next three innings, and was dropped. But he scored consistently in the county games, and his agile fielding in the deep was widely noted. When the young South Africa team stunned Australia by drawing their series 18 months later, McGlew was established as the opening bat and, aged only 23, as vice-captain. Though he missed the crucial win at the MCG through injury, he returned in New Zealand with 255 not out in eight hours 54 minutes, then South Africa's highest Test score. He was on the field throughout the match. Back in England in 1955, he scored centuries in both South Africa's Test wins, at Manchester and Leeds, having bagged a pair at Lord's the game before. McGlew was captain in both games because Jack Cheetham was injured; South Africa lost the other three Tests. McGlew was a Cricketer of the Year; Wisden noted both his dourness at the crease and his vitality in the field. Attrition is not a popular method of progress. McGlew himself has not always batted this way, but circumstances wrought the change of style.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test346462440255*42.067102180
FC1902993412170255*45.9227681030
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test34332230---5.75-000
FC1901962932352/426.6256.0000
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatReferee
Test22
ODI22
Derrick John McGlew
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Debut/Last Matches

Photos


Jackie McGlew and Sid O'Linn walk out of a tailoring store in their new suits
Jackie McGlew
The 1951 South African tour party to England