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George Fullerton      

Full name George Murray Fullerton

Born December 8, 1922, Kensington, Johannesburg, Transvaal

Died November 19, 2002, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa (aged 79 years 346 days)

Major teams South Africa, Transvaal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Relation Brother - IR Fullerton

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 7 13 0 325 88 25.00 0 3 1 10 2
First-class 63 97 8 2768 167 31.10 3 20 64 18
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 7 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 63 306 107 3 2/41 35.66 2.09 102.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Leeds, Jul 26-29, 1947 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at Manchester, Jul 5-10, 1951 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1942/43 - 1950/51

Fullerton, George Murray, died in Cape Town on November 19, 2002, aged 79. He toured England twice with South Africa, keeping wicket in two Tests in 1947 and playing three as a batsman in 1951, when he hit 1,129 runs at 31.36 in his 20 firstclass games. In between, he kept in the last two Tests against the 1949-50 Australians and made a Test-best 88 at his native Johannesburg to help avoid the follow-on. George Fullerton made his first-class debut in December 1942 for the Rest of South Africa against an Air Force XI at Johannesburg. He was just 20, and there would be three years of naval service before he played for Transvaal, impressing with his alert glovework and making a maiden century before the summer was through. He was one of three wicket-keepers taken to England in 1947 and, after Doug Ovenstone broke his finger, the only option when South Africa dropped Johnny Lindsay at Headingley. Wisden noted his driving, cutting and quick footwork during the tour. However, Fullerton could play only three games for Transvaal over the next two seasons and Natal's Billy Wade, unable to tour in 1947, resumed as South Africa's keeper until 1949-50, when Fullerton came back. Russell Endean took over as Transvaal's wicket-keeper in 1950- 51 and Fullerton played as a batsman. Averaging 66.20, helped by 112 and 94 against Western Province, he played a significant role in their Currie Cup victory. His good form continued in England, where he hit a career-best 167 against Essex at Ilford. Business commitments allowed him no more first-class cricket after the tour. In 63 games he had scored 2,768 runs at 31.10, held 64 catches, made 18 stumpings and taken three wickets at 35.66. In seven Tests he scored 325 runs at 25.00, held ten catches and made two stumpings. His younger brother Ian also represented Transvaal.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2003

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May 2, 1951

The 1951 South African tour party to England. Back row (left to right): Clive van Ryneveld, Athol Rowan, John Waite, Jackie McGlew, Roy McLean, Cuan McCarthy, Russell Endean, Michael Melle and Percy Mansell. Sitting: Geoffrey Chubb, Eric Rowan, Dudley Nourse, Jack Cheetham, George Fullerton and Norman Mann

The 1951 South African tour party to England

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