Neil Johnson (cricketer)
|Full name||Neil Clarkson Johnson|
|Born||24 January 1970|
|Test debut (cap 40)||7 October 1998 v India|
|Last Test||1 June 2000 v England|
|ODI debut (cap 55)||24 October 1998 v New Zealand|
|Last ODI||22 July 2000 v England|
Source: CricInfo, 5 August 2015
Neil Clarkson Johnson (born 24 January 1970) is a former Zimbabwean international cricketer who played 13 Test matches and 48 One Day Internationals between 1998 and 2000. An all-rounder, he bowled right-arm fast-medium and played in the middle order as an aggressive left-handed batsman. He usually opened the batting in one-day cricket.
Johnson was born in Salisbury – now Harare. Throughout his first-class career he spent time in both South Africa and England, playing for Boland, Eastern Province, Natal, Western Province, Leicestershire and Hampshire.
Johnson was influential in Zimbabwe's qualification to the Super Six stage of the 1999 World Cup. He won three Man-of-the-Match awards in the tournament. One of those awards came in his side's surprise victory over eventual semi-finalists South Africa. Opening the batting, he top-scored with 76 before dismissing Gary Kirsten with the first ball of the South African chase. He then got rid of Jacques Kallis for a duck and finished with 3 for 27. In the same tournament, he made an unbeaten 132 and took 2/43 against eventual champions Australia at Lord's. Johnson is notable for having opened both the batting and bowling for his country in this World Cup.
After the 2000 tour of England, Johnson retired from international cricket as a result of disputes over his payment from the Zimbabwe Cricket Union. He moved to South Africa, a country that he had lived in as a child.
- "Ten players we wish we had seen more of in internationals". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 July 2020.