Dave Richardson - South Africa - Test Profile 1992-1998

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 27 August 1994

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      Wicket-keeper, Right Hand Bat
      Wednesday, 16 September 1959
      Johannesburg, South Africa
  • South Africa
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Dave RICHARDSON - South Africa - Test Profile 1992-1998

Solicitor Dave Richardson was a surprise choice to take the wicket-keeping gloves for South Africa on their return to international cricket in 1992. Most had expected the selectors to reward the long service of veteran Ray Jennings, a legend in South African cricket during the isolation of the apartheid years, and still thought to be on the top of his form even though he was pushing 40. Instead the selectors opted for the younger man and Richardson provided a safe pair of gauntlets for the next five years. No one else kept wicket for South Africa in Tests until Mark Boucher took over the gloves in Sheikhupura in October 1997.

More often than not Richardson was standing back to South Africa's battery of seam bowlers. He took nine catches in the Test against India in Port Elizabeth in 1992-93. In his early years his batting was insignificant but he worked hard on it and became a useful lower order fighter, in 1994-95 scoring 93 against New Zealand in Johannesburg, followed by 109 in Cape Town. He made 84 against England in Port Elizabeth in 1995-96 and 72 not out against Australia in Johannesburg a year later.

Perhaps his best remembered innings was his 54 not out against England in Cape Town, where his defiance against the new ball not only lead to victory but brought the Test careers of Devon Malcolm and Angus Fraser to a grinding halt. In the 1992 World Cup he was 13 not out when rain put paid to South Africa's semi-final run chase against England. He missed the 1996 competion in India and Pakistan when he was injured in the ODI series against England immediately beforehand. (Bob Harragan)