Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has expressed its sadness at the passing of former South
African captain, Trevor Goddard, on Friday night at the age of 85. He had been in
poor health for some time.
represented South Africa under the aegis of the South African Cricket
Association in 41 Test matches between 1955 and 1970.
A left-handed opening
batsman and left-arm medium-pace bowler he was one of the outstanding
all-rounders of his generation, making 2 516 runs including one century
and taking 123 wickets include five five-wicket hauls.
His best return of 6/53
was achieved in the first Test match against Australia in the 1966/67 season
when South Africa beat Australia in a home Test match for the first time.
was also an outstanding fielder, both close to the wicket and in the deep.
He will be
best remembered for leading South Africa to Australia in 1963/64 when they
shared the five-match Test series 1-1.
This series marked the emergence of
South Africa as a true world power for the first time and effectively
established the likes of the Pollock brothers - Peter and Graeme - Eddie
Barlow, Colin Bland and Denis Lindsay as genuine global stars.
He was an
always present in the South African side from the time of his debut against England
in 1955 until he briefly retired when he went and lived in England for a period
in the early 1960s. When he returned he resumed his international career,
leading South Africa on the tour to Australia and New Zealand and then in the
home series against England in 1964/65.
unavailable for the 1965 tour of England after being poorly treated as captain
by the national selectors of that time, but returned to play for South Africa
under the captaincy of Peter van der Merwe and Ali Bacher in the victorious
home series against Australia prior to isolation.
had indicated his intention to retire after the latter series and ahead of the
cancelled tour of England in 1970 he was dropped for what would have been his
final Test against Australia in a decision that paid scant regard to the
wonderful service he had given both as captain and player.
represented Natal at provincial level apart from a brief spell with
North-Eastern Transvaal and as a coach at Maritzburg University deserves a lot
of credit for the development of Vincent van der Bijl into one of South
Africa’s outstanding seam bowlers.
his position at the university in 1977 and devoted the remainder of his life to
lay preaching and missionary work.
wife, Jean, pre-deceased him and he is survived by his second wife, Lesley, and
his two children, Chris and Lindi.
a humble man who served the game with great distinction both on and off the
field,” commented CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.
“On behalf of the CSA family I extend our deepest condolences to his family, his friends and his