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Neil McKenzie
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Neil McKenzie

South Africa
Neil McKenzie

INTL CAREER: 2000 - 2009

Full Name

Neil Douglas McKenzie

Born

November 24, 1975, Johannesburg, Transvaal

Age

45y 206d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

Education

King Edward VII, RAU

relations

(father)

TEAMS

Popular, mildly eccentric and unassuming, Neil McKenzie was a stalwart in South Africa's middle-order for four years in the early 2000s, despite a less-than-promising start as an opening batsman in Sri Lanka in 2000. From good cricketing stock - father Kevin was a carefree middle-order batsman who represented South Africa during the rebel era - Neil captained both the South African Schools and Under-19 teams before falling under the influence of former New Zealand captain Ken Rutherford at Gauteng. He made his maiden Test and ODI centuries against New Zealand and Sri Lanka respectively during the summer of 2000-01 and was able to take advantage of the confusion over the roles of Daryll Cullinan and Jonty Rhodes to establish himself as a more-or-less permanent fixture in both teams. Questions were asked of his ability to cope with the very best spinners, but not enough to warrant his three-and-a-half year exile from the side from March 2004, at a time when he ought to have been at the height of his career. He was eventually recalled to face West Indies at Cape Town in January 2008. Neat and economical at the crease, McKenzie is particularly strong on the leg side. On the tour of Bangladesh which followed, he was involved in a world record opening stand of 415 with his captain Graeme Smith. Prior to South Africa's tour of England, he signed for Durham for the early part of the 2008 season.
Peter Robinson and Cricinfo staff June 2008

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test58947325322637.39774442.0051640922540
ODI6455101688131*37.51243269.402101428210
T20I21177*-887.50000000
FC280476601904123745.7753862550
List A298269438571131*37.921258900
T2015513838335789*33.572830118.6201834149470
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test58690680---4.53-000
ODI64546270---3.52-000
T20I2------------
FC2801054568112/1351.633.2395.8000
List A29825524842/192/1962.005.8363.70000
T201554243411/41/434.008.5024.00000
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Photos


Soumya Sarkar listens to batting coach Neil McKenzie during a training session
Neil McKenzie has a chat with Liton Das
Steve Rhodes and Mashrafe Mortaza lend audience to Neil McKenzie
Neil McKenzie and Mashrafe Mortaza have a chat during training
Neil McKenzie in his role as South Africa's batting coach
Dean Cosker completed the run-out of Neil McKenzie