Pat Symcox

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Pat Symcox
Personal information
Full name Patrick Leonard Symcox
Born (1960-04-14) 14 April 1960 (age 57)
Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 255) 25 August 1993 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 26 December 1998 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 27) 22 August 1993 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 20 February 1999 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
1977–1983 1998–2000 Griqualand West
1983–1988 Northern Transvaal
1989–1990 Impalas
1990–1998 Natal
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 20 80
Runs scored 741 694
Batting average 28.50 16.92
100s/50s 1/4 0/3
Top score 108 61
Balls bowled 3561 3991
Wickets 37 72
Bowling average 43.32 38.36
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a
Best bowling 4/69 4/28
Catches/stumpings 5/- 23/-
Source: Cricinfo, 25 January 2006

Patrick Leonard Symcox (born 14 April 1960 in Kimberley) is a former South African Test and ODI cricketer. He played 20 Tests and 80 ODIs in the 1990s and played provincial cricket for the Natal Dolphins in Durban.

International career[edit]

Symcox was a right-arm off-spin bowler and was known for his powerful hitting down the order and has a Test century to his name, scored against Pakistan. Symcox is co-holder of the highest ever ninth-wicket partnership of 195 runs. Symcox retired in 1998. His son, Russel, like his father, used to play provincial cricket for the Natal Dolphins. His father Rodger, also played provincial cricket for Griqualand West and the Symcox family are one of ten families in South Africa to have seen three generations play first-class cricket.

During an ODI against Australia at the SCG in late-1997, play was stopped after the crowd pelted Symcox with projectiles, including an entire chicken.

After cricket[edit]

He has commentated for Supersport and ESPN Star Sports on cricket around the world.

Symcox now owns the REMAX property franchise on the South Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa known as RE/MAX Coast & Country which is active in the residential and commercial property sector.

He is also a popular after-dinner speaker and plays Golf off a single figure handicap. Known as one of the tough men of the 90's Protea cricket team, he played under Kepler Wessels and Hansie Cronje. Prior to his cricketing career, Symcox also managed Private Hospitals and worked for Masters International acting as a managing agent many of the top sportsmen of South Africa.

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Test centuries of Pat Symcox
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 108 17  Pakistan South Africa Johannesburg, South Africa New Wanderers Stadium 14 February 1998 Drawn

International awards[edit]

One Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Australia Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 4 December 1997 27* (32 balls: 2x4) ; 10–1–28–4  South Africa won by 67 runs.[1]
2 South Africa Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham 18 August 1998 51 (39 balls: 2x4, 4x6) ; 10–0–36–2, 1 Ct.  South Africa won by 14 runs.[2]