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Former South African Bowler Neil Adcock died at the age of 81

Former South Africa fast bowler, Neil Adcock died on 6 January 2013 at the age of 81 in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. He had pneumonia and was also suffering from cancer for a long period of time..

Jan 7, 2013 15:38 IST
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Neil AdcockFormer South Africa fast bowler, Neil Adcock died on 6 January 2013 at the age of 81 in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. He had pneumonia and was also suffering from cancer for a long period of time.

Brief Insight into Neil Adcock’s Career

• Neil Adcock made his Test debut in year 1953 at home against New Zealand.

• Neil Adcock had played 26 Tests for South Africa between 1953 and 1962, and took 104 wickets at an average of 21.10.

• He took 26 wickets in a Test series in England in 1960.

• He was honoured as one of the best five Cricketers of Wisden in Year 1961.

• He played 99 first-class games, taking 405 wickets at 17.25 apiece.

• After retiring, Adcock became part of SABC's radio commentary team.

• Neil Adcock was the first South African quick bowler to take 100 Test wicket.

Neil Adcock is counted among one of the great fast bowlers during what was truly a golden era of fast bowling in history of International cricket.  He had formed South Africa’s first great new ball attack with the late Peter Heine.

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