Mike Procter - South Africa - Test Profile 1967-70

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 01 May 1977

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      Right Arm Fast/Off-spinner, Right Hand Bat
      Sunday, 15 September 1946
      Durban, South Africa
  • South Africa
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Mike PROCTER - South Africa - Test Profile 1967-70


Mike Procter, the South African all-rounder, would have played far more than seven Test matches had his Government's apartheid policies not kept his national team off the World stage. He carried the torch of fast bowling in World cricket from the retirement of Trueman and Statham to the arrival of Dennis Lillee and Andy Roberts, and there were few more fearsome sights than the heavily-built, mop-haired Procter tearing in from 30 yards like a runaway brick wall and bowling off the wrong foot. The fact that he was an international class middle order bat as well just egged the pudding. His father played for Eastern Province and Mike made his Test debut against Bobby Simpson's Australians in the third Test of 1966-7 at Durban. He opened the bowling with Peter Pollock, taking 3-27 and 4-71. There were six more wickets in the fourth Test. Against Bill Lawry's Australian team in 1969-70 he took five wickets or more in each of the first three Tests and 3-30 and 6-73 in the last at Port Elizabeth.


He usually contributed around 50 runs in his two innings. Procter was chosen for the tours of England in 1970 and Australia in 1971-72, both of which were cancelled. He was part of Garry Sobers Rest of the World team in England in 1970, taking 5-46 and scoring 51 in the unofficial Test at the Oval. In a match between Rhodesia and an International Wanderers XI with nine Test players in 1972 he scored 114 and 131 and took 4-20. He played in one of the World Series Supertests of 1977-78, taking 4-33 for the World against Australia at the Sydney Showground, and in 1978-79 made 66 against Australia at Melbourne's VFL Park and scored 56 and took 3-36 against the West Indies in Sydney. (Bob Harragan)

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First-Class Career Batting and Fielding (1965-1988/89)
                 M       I     NO     Runs     HS     Ave     100     50      Ct
Overall    401    667    58    21926    254    36.00    48    109    325  

First-Class Career Bowling (1965-1988/89)
                Balls    Mdns    Runs    Wkts    BB    Ave    5wI    10wM    SRate    Econ
Overall    65458    2899    27679    1417    9-71    19.53    70    15    46.19    2.53


List A Career Batting and Fielding (1966/67-1983/84)
                 M        I      NO     Runs     HS     Ave     100     50     Ct
Overall    271    256    19    6624    154*    27.94    5    36    91  

List A Career Bowling (1966/67-1983/84)
                Balls    Mdns    Runs    Wkts    BB    Ave    4wI    5wI    SRate    Econ
Overall    12335    376    6454    344    6-13    18.76    10    7    35.85    3.13