Full Name

John Henry Bickford Waite

Born

January 19, 1930, Johannesburg, Transvaal

Died

June 22, 2011, Deansgate, Frail Care Centre, Craighall Park, Johannesburg, (aged 81y 154d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Fielding Position

Wicketkeeper

TEAMS

Johnny Waite was something of a legend for over a decade of Springbok cricket during the 1950s and '60s, as he became the first man to represent his country in 50 Tests - and the only one to do so in the pre-isolation era. First selected in 1951 as a 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, Waite showed he was no shrinking violet by joining his uncle, Eric Rowan, in a remarkable display of protest when both sat down on the pitch while batting against Lancashire after being slow-handclapped. Waite's pugnacity as a batsman, the strength of his character and his skill with the gloves meant that he displaced first-choice keeper Russell Endean and played in the first four Tests of the series. Waite was chosen as Endean's understudy once more for the 1952-53 tour of Australia, but again rose quickly to the top forcing Endean to reinvent himself, successfully, as a specialist batsman. Most of Waite's long list of national records have now been surpassed by Dave Richardson and Mark Boucher, although he still holds, with Boucher, the record for the most dismissals in a five-Test series - 26.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAve100s50s6sCtSt
Test50867240513430.44416112417
FC19931434981221935.04234542784
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test50------------
FC1992080---2.40-000
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

Photos


John Waite keeps wicket for South Africa against England
Peter Walker of the MCC is stumped by John Waite
The 1951 South African tour party to England