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John Watkins
South African team in ANZ 1952-53.jpg
The South African touring team in 1952-53.
Watkins is standing in the centre of the back row.
Personal information
Full nameJohn Cecil Watkins
Born (1923-04-10) 10 April 1923 (age 98)
Durban, Natal, Union of South Africa
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 174)24 December 1949 v Australia
Last Test1 January 1957 v England
Career statistics
CompetitionTestsFirst-class
Matches1560
Runs scored6122158
Batting average23.5324.80
100s/50s0/32/8
Top score92169
Balls bowled28059073
Wickets2996
Bowling average28.1328.52
5 wickets in innings01
10 wickets in match00
Best bowling4/225/37
Catches/stumpings12/–54/–
Source: Cricinfo
John Cecil Watkins (born 10 April 1923) is a South African former cricketer who played in fifteen Tests from 1949 to 1957.
Life and career
Watkins was born in Durban, Natal, and grew up there. He suffered from mild deformities of the hips and lower back from birth, which eventually required five operations after he retired from playing cricket. After his schooling at Glenwood High School, he served in the Second World War in Italy, at first as a trainee Spitfire pilot until it was discovered that he was colour-blind, after which he was transferred to air traffic control.
He was a hard-hitting middle-order batsman, medium-pace bowler, and expert slips fieldsman. He played two Tests against Australia in South Africa in 1949-50, but was unable to get leave to go on the tour of England in 1951. His best series with the bat was in Australia in 1952–53, when he made 352 runs at 35.20. In the Fifth Test at Melbourne, after Australia batted first and made 520, Watkins, batting at number three, hit 92 (his highest Test score) and 50 to help South Africa to victory by six wickets, to square the series two-all. His best bowling figures came in the next Test, against New Zealand at Wellington, where he opened the bowling, taking 4 for 22 in the second innings and figures of 50.5–31–51–5 for the match; again South Africa won. In his five Tests against New Zealand (in 1952–53 in New Zealand and in 1953–54 in South Africa) he took 18 wickets at 13.50.
He played for Natal from 1946–47 to 1957–58, with a highest score of 169 against Orange Free State at Durban in 1950–51, and one other century, 144 against Transvaal, also at Durban, in 1955–56. His best bowling figures were 5 for 37 against Rhodesia at Salisbury in 1957–58, in his second-last match.
Christopher Martin-Jenkins described him as "a right-handed batsman with a fine range of scoring strokes – his batting, like the man himself, was cavalier and joyous".
He worked as a secretary-accountant. He is the last surviving member of the side that toured Australasia in 1952–53. Following the death of Lindsay Tuckett on 5 September 2016, Watkins became the oldest living Test cricketer.
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