1: 10 PM GMT
Firdose MoondaSouth Africa correspondent, ESPNcricinfo
Jackie du Preez, the Zimbabwean who conducted two Exams for South Africa in the 1966-67 season, has died in Harare at the age of 77. du Preez became as soon as plagued by an extended-standing coronary heart situation.
du Preez conducted in pre-just Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and became as soon as one in every of several of his countrymen, including Mike Procter, to ride on to portray South Africa. He became as soon as a legspinner, weird in the country at the time, and compelled his design into the South African national facet with a haul of 6 for 95 in a 3-day tour match between Australia and Rhodesia earlier than their 5-Test assortment in South Africa.
With the assortment 2-1 in South Africa’s favour, du Preez conducted in the fourth and fifth matches in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. The Johannesburg Test became as soon as drawn, leaving the assortment finale as a must-hang for Australia, but South Africa were victors by seven wickets to take the assortment 3-1.
Though du Preez did not abolish a foremost influence with the ball or bat in the assortment, he did in the subject. Alongside side Eddie Barlow, he combined to expire Bill Lawry earlier than the Australian had faced a ball in the fifth Test, striking South Africa on the front foot early on. He bowled in easiest the 2d innings at the Wanderers the place he took 2 for 22, took a wicket with out conceding any runs in two overs in the first innings at St George’s Park and went wicketless in the 2d innings. He also registered a duck on every of the two instances that he batted.
After that assortment, du Preez went on to possess an extended and a hit first class profession, scoring more than 4,000 runs and falling four brief of 300 wickets. Post-retirement, he served on Zimbabwe Cricket’s quite a lot of panel.