Harare – Two former players from South Africa and Zimbabwe have been inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame.
South African all-rounder Aubrey Faulkner and Zimbabwean wicketkeeper/batsman Andy Flower were inducted into the Hall of Fame last Sunday, along with eight other former cricketers.
“It is an honor for us to announce a one-time induction of ten cricketing greats into the ICC Hall of Fame to coincide with the first ever final of the World Test Championship in Southampton.
“We are celebrating the history of the game and what better way than to honour some of the greats that founded and played the game across different eras. These are all players with a legacy that will continue to inspire future generations for years to come,” said ICC acting chief executive Geoff Allardice.
Faulkner was an unconventional but hugely effective batsman and one of the first leg-spinners to master the googly.
He scored 1,754 runs and took 82 wickets in 25 Tests for South Africa.
Faulkner was the second player in the history of the game to claim a five-for and score a tonne in the same Test in 1910 against England in Johannesburg. He made history later that year by becoming the first South African to score a Test double-century, making a career-best 204 against Australia at the MCG.
With the ball – the craft with which he first broke into professional cricket – his best effort was 7/84 against England at the Oval in 1912.
Flower was arguably Zimbabwe’s greatest ever player and he is the first cricketer from the country to be inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame.
He is Zimbabwe’s leading batsman of all time, having made his national team debut in 1992 and going on to score 4,794 runs in 63 Tests matches at 51.54. He also scored 6,786 runs in 213 ODIs at 35.34, while completing 316 international dismissals behind the stumps.
Flower also boasts the record for the highest score by a Test wicketkeeper, making an unbeaten 232 against India when he was at the height of his powers in late 2000.
That came in a golden 12 months in which Flower also posted scores of 142 and 199* in a Test against South Africa. His 341 runs in that match are the most in a Test by a wicketkeeper – a statistic he owns the top three spots for.
After his playing days, he went onto be a hugely successful coach for England, winning home and away Ashes campaigns as well as the T20 World Cup in 2010.The addition of the ten players brought the total number of ICC Hall of Famers to 103.