Jackie McGlew      

Full name Derrick John McGlew

Born March 11, 1929, Pietermaritzberg, Natal

Died June 9, 1998, Craighill Park, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 69 years 90 days)

Major teams South Africa, Natal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak googly

Other Referee

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 34 64 6 2440 255* 42.06 7 10 2 18 0
First-class 190 299 34 12170 255* 45.92 27 68 103 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 34 3 32 23 0 - - - 4.31 - 0 0 0
First-class 190 1962 932 35 2/4 26.62 2.85 56.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jun 7-12, 1951 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v New Zealand at Port Elizabeth, Feb 16-20, 1962 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1947/48 - 1966/67
ICC match referee statistics
Test debut Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Bulawayo, Nov 1-5, 1992 scorecard
Last Test Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare, Nov 7-12, 1992 scorecard
Test matches 2
Test statistics
ODI debut Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Bulawayo, Oct 31, 1992 scorecard
Last ODI Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare, Nov 8, 1992 scorecard
ODI matches 2
ODI statistics

Wisden obituary
Jackie McGlew died from a blood disorder in Pretoria on June 9, 1998, aged 69. Jackie McGlew became synonymous with South African cricket in the 1950s. His batting fitted his name: he was a sticker, and concentration, discipline, commitment and athleticism were the abiding virtues of his own game, and that of his team. He became famous - or notorious - for some of Test cricket's slowest innings. He batted nine hours 35 minutes for 105 against Australia at Durban in 1957-58; his 545-minute century remained the slowest in first-class cricket for 20 years. Although as a feat of endurance and concentration it was remarkable, said Wisden, it is doubtful whether South Africa benefited by it. They led by 221 on first innings but could not bowl Australia out. McGlew grew up in Natal, and was pictured waving a bat as a four-year-old. He went on to captain the province's schoolboys, and made his debut for Natal in 1947-48. In 1951 he was picked to tour England on the strength of 138 in a 12-a-side (and thus non-first-class) Test trial at Kingsmead. He hit 40 when South Africa won at Trent Bridge but failed in his next three innings, and was dropped. But he scored consistently in the county games, and his agile fielding in the deep was widely noted. When the young South Africa team stunned Australia by drawing their series 18 months later, McGlew was established as the opening bat and, aged only 23, as vice-captain. Though he missed the crucial win at the MCG through injury, he returned in New Zealand with 255 not out in eight hours 54 minutes, then South Africa's highest Test score. He was on the field throughout the match. Back in England in 1955, he scored centuries in both South Africa's Test wins, at Manchester and Leeds, having bagged a pair at Lord's the game before. McGlew was captain in both games because Jack Cheetham was injured; South Africa lost the other three Tests. McGlew was a Cricketer of the Year; Wisden noted both his dourness at the crease and his vitality in the field. Attrition is not a popular method of progress. McGlew himself has not always batted this way, but circumstances wrought the change of style.
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Sep 10, 1960

Jackie McGlew and Sid O'Linn walk out of a tailoring store in their new suits, London, September 10, 1960

Jackie McGlew and Sid O'Linn walk out of a tailoring store in their new suits

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Jun 9, 1951

Jackie McGlew puts on his pads, first Test, England v South Africa, Trent Bridge, 9 June 1951

Jackie McGlew

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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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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1956