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John Waite      

Full name John Henry Bickford Waite

Born January 19, 1930, Johannesburg, Transvaal

Died June 22, 2011, Deansgate, Frail Care Centre, Craighall Park, Johannesburg (aged 81 years 154 days)

Major teams South Africa, Eastern Province, Transvaal

Batting style Right-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 50 86 7 2405 134 30.44 4 16 1 124 17
First-class 199 314 34 9812 219 35.04 23 45 427 84
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 50 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 199 20 8 0 - - - 2.40 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jun 7-12, 1951 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 12-17, 1965 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1948/49 - 1965/66

Johnny Waite was something of a legend for over a decade of Springbok cricket during the 1950s and '60s, as he became the first man to represent his country in 50 Tests - and the only one to do so in the pre-isolation era. First selected in 1951 as a 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, Waite showed he was no shrinking violet by joining his uncle, Eric Rowan, in a remarkable display of protest when both sat down on the pitch while batting against Lancashire after being slow-handclapped. Waite's pugnacity as a batsman, the strength of his character and his skill with the gloves meant that he displaced first-choice keeper Russell Endean and played in the first four Tests of the series. Waite was chosen as Endean's understudy once more for the 1952-53 tour of Australia, but again rose quickly to the top forcing Endean to reinvent himself, successfully, as a specialist batsman. Most of Waite's long list of national records have now been surpassed by Dave Richardson and Mark Boucher, although he still holds, with Boucher, the record for the most dismissals in a five-Test series - 26.
Neil Manthorp

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Jul 7, 1960

John Waite keeps wicket for South Africa against England, England v South Africa, 3rd Test, Trent Bridge, July 7, 1960

John Waite keeps wicket for South Africa against England

© Dennis Oulds

May 24, 1960

Peter Walker of the MCC is stumped by John Waite, the South African wicketkeeper, off a ball from Hugh Tayfield, 24 May 1960

Peter Walker of the MCC is stumped by John Waite

© PA Photos

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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