Born July 20, 1909, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Died April 30, 1993, Edenvale, Johannesburg, Transvaal (aged 83 years 284 days)
Major teams South Africa, Eastern Province, Transvaal
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Relation Brother - AMB Rowan
Eric Alfred Burchell Rowan, the South African Test player, and elder brother of Athol, died on April 30, 1993, in Johannesburg, aged 83. Eric Rowan ranked with Dudley Nourse and Bruce Mitchell in the very forefront of Test batsman from South Africa in the years before and after the Second World War. His long career (1929-30 to 1953-54) was spiced by controversy. He was always fearless -- he sometimes batted without gloves and, so it was said, box -- and not only as a batsman. He was small and wiry and cocky and feisty and contemptuous of authority. Having been left out of the 1947 tour of England because of personality clashes, he was chosen in 1951, as vice-captain, when he often had to lead the team because Nourse was injured, and dominated the tour.