Mike Macaulay

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Mike Macaulay
Personal information
Full nameMichael John Macaulay
Born (1939-04-19) 19 April 1939 (age 80)
Durban, Natal, South Africa
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
Left-arm medium
International information
National side
Domestic team information
1957-58 to 1959-60, 1961-62 to 1962-63, 1965-66Transvaal
1960-61Western Province
1963-64 to 1964-65Orange Free State
1966-67 to 1968-69North-Eastern Transvaal
1977-78 to 1978-79Eastern Province
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 1 69
Runs scored 33 888
Batting average 16.50 13.05
100s/50s 0/0 0/2
Top score 21 59
Balls bowled 276 13566
Wickets 2 234
Bowling average 36.50 22.89
5 wickets in innings 0 16
10 wickets in match 0 4
Best bowling 1/10 7/49
Catches/stumpings 0/- 45/-

Michael John Macaulay (born 19 April 1939 in Durban, Natal) is a former South African cricketer who played in one Test in 1965.

A left-arm pace bowler who sometimes also bowled spin, Macaulay was educated at Hilton College where he played for the 1st XI. He made his first-class debut for Transvaal against Border in 1957-58, becoming a regular player in 1959-60. In 1963-64, playing for Orange Free State in the B Section of the Currie Cup, he took 37 wickets at 13.35, including career-best figures of 7 for 49 (11 for 97 in the match) against Rhodesia at Bloemfontein.[1]

Selected for a South African Colts XI against the MCC touring team in 1964-65, he made 55 not out, his first first-class 50 when, coming in at number 11, he put on 112 for the last wicket with Jackie Botten in less than an hour.[2] A few weeks later he took 7 for 58 when the MCC played Orange Free State, out of a first innings total of 199 for 7 declared.[3] He was included in the South African team for the Fifth Test in Port Elizabeth, taking two wickets in a drawn match,[4] bowling most of the time with a painfully injured heel.[5]

He toured England in 1965 but the pace trio of Peter Pollock, Richard Dumbrill and Jackie Botten were preferred in the three Tests.[6]

He continued to play domestic first-class cricket until a knee injury forced him to retire after the 1968-69 season. However, he returned in 1977-78 at the age of 37, taking 42 wickets for Eastern Province at 23.14 and bowling more overs than anyone else in the country.[7] After two games the next season he retired for good. He was the first player to represent five provinces in the Currie Cup, out of the nine that competed at the time.[8]


  1. ^ "Orange Free State v Rhodesia 1963-64". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  2. ^ Wisden 1966, p. 799.
  3. ^ Wisden 1966, p. 811.
  4. ^ Wisden 1966, p. 816.
  5. ^ Peter van der Merwe, quoted in J. McGlew & T. Chesterfield, South Africa's Cricket Captains, Southern, Halfway House, 1994, p. 130.
  6. ^ "South Africans in England, 1965", Wisden 1966, pp. 298-323.
  7. ^ Wisden 1979, p. 1011.
  8. ^ Christopher Martin-Jenkins, The Complete Who's Who of Test Cricketers, Rigby, Adelaide, 1983, p. 295.

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