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Roy McLean      

Full name Roy Alastair McLean

Born July 9, 1930, Pietermaritzberg, Natal

Died August 26, 2007, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa (aged 77 years 48 days)

Major teams South Africa, Natal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 40 73 3 2120 142 30.28 5 10 12 23 0
First-class 200 318 19 10969 207 36.68 22 65 132 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 40 1 4 1 0 - - - 1.50 - 0 0 0
First-class 200 184 122 2 2/22 61.00 3.97 92.0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Manchester, Jul 5-10, 1951 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Dec 23-29, 1964 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1949/50 - 1965/66

Roy McLean's emotional coming of age took place in the fifth Test of the 1952-53 tour of Australia, when he made an unbeaten 76 in the fourth innings to lead South Africa to an astonishing series-levelling victory after the Aussies had scored 520. A cemented fixture in the middle order thereafter, McLean played through the good times and the bad until the disastrous 1960 tour of England - on which only he and fast bowler Neil Adcock performed well and were named Wisden Cricketers of the Year as a result. South African cricket had reached a nadir. A year later McLean led an unofficial tour to England by a team called the Fezelas. It proved to be the rebirth of South African cricket. No fewer than eight future Springboks were on board, including Eddie Barlow, Colin Bland, Peter Pollock and Denis Lindsay - Graeme Pollock just missed out, although everyone knew he was a future international. McLean is thus credited with being the father of the great Springbok teams of the 1960s that were prevented from testing themselves against the Rest of the World from 1970 onwards because of apartheid-induced isolation.
Neil Manthorp

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May 5, 1955

Batsman Roy McLean and offspinner Hugh Tayfield, from Natal, are part of South Africa's touring squad to England, May 5, 1955

Batsman Roy McLean and offspinner Hugh Tayfield, from Natal, are part of South Africa's touring squad to England

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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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Roy McLean, the Natal and South Africa batsman

Roy McLean

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1961
South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year: 1955