January 23, 1952, Stellenbosch, Cape Province
Left hand Bat
Slow Left arm Orthodox
Omar Henry was unlucky in that the bulk of his career coincided with the dying years of apartheid and, so he did not get his chance on the international stage until he was 40 (he did represent South Africa against rebel touring sides in the 1980s). He was past his best when he played his three Tests and three ODIs, but gave glimpses of why he had taken 434 first-class wickets at 24.97 with his slow left-armers. The first non-white to play for South Africa, the wiry Henry also did much to break down the colour barrier in sport in the 1970s and 1980s. After retiring he went into commentary and coaching, eventually becoming South Africa's chairman of selectors.
Batting & Fielding