|Full name||William Rodger Playle|
1 December 1938 |
Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand
|Test debut||5 June 1958 v England|
|Last Test||15 March 1963 v England|
Source: Cricinfo, 1 April 2017
In New Zealand
His first-class career started with Auckland in 1956–57 at the age of 18. After scoring only 355 runs in 13 matches in two seasons he was selected to tour England in 1958 as a 19-year-old, but he made only 56 runs in the five Tests, batting in the middle order. In the second innings of the Third Test at Leeds, in an attempt to avert defeat, he "gave a remarkable stonewalling display, for he stayed three and a quarter hours for 18, during which time he limited himself to seven scoring strokes".
He was the top scorer in the 1961–62 season with 510 runs at 72.85, including 116 not out against Otago. His last three Tests were as an opener against England in 1962–63, when he made his only Test score above 25, scoring 65 in a lost cause in the Second Test at Wellington.
After the 1963–64 season in New Zealand he moved to Australia, where he played as an opening batsman for Western Australia from 1965–66 to 1967–68, making his highest first-class score of 122 against Queensland and 116 against Victoria, both in 1965–66, when he made 583 runs at 41.64 in the Sheffield Shield.
- Bill Playle at ESPNcricinfo
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- Slowest Test batting
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