South African cricket team in England in 1951
England won the series 3-1 with 1 match drawn.
South African team
The South African team was captained by Dudley Nourse, with Eric Rowan as vice-captain. The manager was Sid Pegler who had toured England as a player with the South African cricket team of 1912 and 1924.
The full team was:
- Dudley Nourse, captain
- Eric Rowan, vice-captain
- Jack Cheetham
- Geoff Chubb
- Russell Endean, wicketkeeper
- George Fullerton
- Tufty Mann
- Percy Mansell
- Cuan McCarthy
- Jackie McGlew
- Roy McLean
- Michael Melle
- Athol Rowan
- Hugh Tayfield
- Clive van Ryneveld
- John Waite, wicketkeeper
Tayfield was not originally chosen, but joined the party in May when it was feared that Athol Rowan's health might not be up to a full tour. Fullerton had kept wicket on the 1947 tour, but did not keep wicket at all in this tour, being played as a batsman. Endean was used as the second wicketkeeper on this tour, including one Test, but then did not keep wicket when he toured England for a second time with the 1955 team.
Nourse, Fullerton, Mann and Athol Rowan had toured England with the 1947 team; Nourse and Eric Rowan had toured with the 1935 side. Cheetham, Endean, Mansell, McGlew, McLean, Tayfield and Waite returned to England with the 1955 side, and McGlew, McLean, Tayfield and Waite came back for a third time with the 1960 team.
Before this 1951 tour, Chubb, Endean, Mansell, McGlew, McLean, van Ryneveld and Waite had not previously played Test cricket. Chubb, McGlew, van Ryneveld and Waite made their Test debuts in the first Test of this tour, and the other three had all appeared in Test cricket by the end of the series. The only player on the tour who did not appear in any of the Tests was Tayfield, who had previously played Test cricket for South Africa in 1949-50.
Test series summary
- 1st Test at Trent Bridge – South Africa won by 71 runs
- 2nd Test at Lord's – England won by 10 wickets
- 3rd Test at Old Trafford – England won by 9 wickets
- 4th Test at Headingley – match drawn
- 5th Test at The Oval – England won by 4 wickets
- Bill Frindall, The Wisden Book of Test Cricket 1877-1978, Wisden, 1979
- various writers, A Century of South Africa in Test & International Cricket 1889-1989, Ball, 1989
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