Sunday, November 27

Trevor Leslie Goddard(1931-2016)Test Cap No:192

Full name Trevor Leslie Goddard
Born August 1, 1931, Durban, Natal
Died November 25, 2016 (aged 85 years 116 days)
Major teams South Africa, Natal, North Eastern Transvaal
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium

Trevor Leslie Goddard  was a Test cricketer. An all-rounder,he played 41 Test matches for South Africa from 1955 to 1970. He captained the young South African team on its five-month tour of Australia and New Zealand in the 1963–64 season, levelling the series with Australia, and was also captain in 1964–65 against England in South Africa.A left-handed, classically correct opening batsman,he was also a successful left-arm medium-pace bowler with 123 wickets at Test level. Among Test bowlers with 75 wickets or more, he is the most economical of all, conceding an average of only 1.64 runs per over.He enjoyed particular success at first-class level, with over 11,000 runs at 40.60 together with 534 wickets and a competitive 21.65.He played for Natal from 1952–53 to 1965–66, for North-Eastern Transvaal in 1966–67 and 1967–68, then returned to Natal for his last two seasons, 1968–69 and 1969–70.The cricket journalist Telford Vice has described Goddard as "a man of rare grace, intelligence and spirit".Sir Donald Bradman said he was "a completely reliable and honest player who could be depended upon before any season started to put up a sterling performance over a whole series", praised his "qualities of sincerity and integrity", and said that he "enriched the game of cricket and set a fine example".