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Pat Symcox

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Off break
Played for:
South Africa
Roles played:
Home country:
South Africa
April 14, 1960, Kimberley


Pat Symcox was the premier spinner for the South African national team between the years 1993-1999. He depended more on guile, outfoxing the batsman with pace and bounce rather than with turn and flight. Apart from being just a regular bowler, he was a more than useful lower order batsman. In fact, he started his career as an opening batsman but then chose to move down the order to focus on his bowling. Spin, as we know has not been South Africa's strength over the years, yet Symcox managed to etch his name in history as one of the best spinners seen.

Symcox will be remembered for his only Test century batting at number ten against Pakistan at Johannesburg, Furthermore, another famous incident involving Symcox was being bowled by Mushtaq Ahmed but was ruled not out since a bail had not been dislodged. Surprisingly, he was dropped from the side after scoring the Test century.

Fast Facts

  • Following his retirement, Symcox tried his hand at commentary, only to quit in 2006.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 20 27 741 1 28.50 56.09 1 4 108
ODI 80 54 694 13 16.92 83.61 0 3 61
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 20 34 3561 1603 37 4/69 / 43.32 2.70 1 0 0 3
ODI 80 80 3991 2762 72 4/28 / 38.36 4.15 1 0 0 54
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 5 0 0
ODI 23 0 6


South Africa Vs Sri Lanka at Tyronne Fernando Stadium, Moratuwa - Aug 25, 1993
Last played:
South Africa Vs West Indies at Kingsmead, Durban - Dec 26, 1998
South Africa Vs Sri Lanka at Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy - Aug 22, 1993
Last played:
South Africa Vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland - Feb 20, 1999