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Top 10 South African batsmen of all time

A look at the legends that South Africa had to offer cricket over the years.

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Top 5 / Top 10 18 Sep 2017, 17:33 IST
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Nourse and Gra
Nourse and Graeme Pollock (image courtesy: ESPN CricInfo)

South Africa is one of the great cricketing nations and over the last 100 years, they have produced some of the finest batsmen to have ever played the game. Due to their absence from the international cricket for around two decades due to apartheid, some of South Africa’s greatest players could not ply their trade on the international stage.

However, the production line of top batsmen never stopped and when they returned in 1991, it looked as if they had never been away. Let’s take a look at some 10 of the greatest batsmen to have played the game for the Proteas.


10 Dudley Nourse

Although his best years as a batsman were interrupted by the Second World War, Dudley Nourse’s status as one of South Africa’s greatest ever batsmen is secure. He played only 34 Test matches but recorded an average of 53.81 and scored 9 centuries.

One of his greatest innings was the 208 he scored at Nottingham in 1951. Nourse batted 9 hours with a broken right thumb and helped South Africa win a Test against England after a long gap of 16 years. 

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