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John Traicos
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John Traicos

Zimbabwe
John Traicos

INTL CAREER: 1970 - 1993

Full Name

Athanasios John Traicos

Born

May 17, 1947, Zagazig, Egypt

Age

74y 197d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm offbreak

TEAMS

A disciplined and accurate offspinner, John Traicos is one of international cricket's most unusual members. He made his Test debut - for South Africa - in 1969-70 in their final series before they were cast into sporting isolation, and returned to international cricket in 1992, aged 45, playing in Zimbabwe's first four Tests. The gap between appearances - 22 years and 222 days - is a record. Egyptian born, he grew up in South Africa, touring England in 1967 with the South African Universities, and thereafter played for Rhodesia/Zimbabwe at a time many contemporaries plied their trade overseas. When Zimbabwe were finally admitted to the fold in 1992, Traicos, despite his age, was still far and away the best offspinner in the country, and one of best in the world. And the speed of his reactions fielding in the gully would have shamed many half his age. In Zimbabwe's inaugural Test he took 5 for 86 in 50 overs. His international career ended when business commitments meant he was not available to tour Pakistan in 1993-94. Traicos fled Zimbabwe with his family in 1997 for political reasons and is now a company secretary in Australia. His daughter, Chloe, is an actress.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test7104195*3.1613214.39002080
ODI27179881911.0017550.28003030
FC1221696411984311.40001090
List A125683633121*10.3400420
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test7121611769185/865/8642.722.8689.5010
ODI27261524987193/353/3551.943.8880.2000
FC12225266100022896/6634.602.3787.480
List A125705940281044/204/2038.733.4267.8100
Athanasios John Traicos
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1967/68 - 1994/95
List A Matches
Span
1973/74 - 1992/93

Photos


John Traicos, the former Zimbabwe offspinner, now settled in Perth
John Traicos, 1996
John Traicos
John Traicos bowls in Zimbabwe's first Test
John Traicos
John Traicos dives to catch David Hookes