Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has paid tribute to South
African leg spin bowler, Ian Smith, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of
Vivian Ian Smith played first-class cricket for Natal from
1945 to 1958 and represented South Africa in nine Test matches against England
and Australia between 1947 and 1957.
He was unfortunate that his career coincided with several
outstanding South African spin bowlers - Athol Rowan, Hugh Tayfield and Tufty
Mann - otherwise he might have had more international opportunities.
His best international figures were on his debut in England
in 1947 when he took 3/46 and 4/143 in a match in which England were forced to
follow on before achieving a draw. On that tour he headed the first-class
averages and returned the remarkable figures of 6/1, including the hat trick,
Domestically, his best figures were 9/88 (12/144 in the
match) against Border in 1946/47. In the following season he had match figures
of 11/119 against Griquas with wicketkeeper Billy Wade making seven stumpings
off his bowling.
“On behalf of the CSA family I extend our deepest
condolences to his family, his friends and his cricketing colleagues”,
commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.