Neil McKenzie

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Neil McKenzie
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Personal information
Full name Neil Douglas McKenzie
Born (1975-11-24) 24 November 1975 (age 42)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Relations Kevin McKenzie (father), Megan McKenzie (sister)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 277) 20 July 2000 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 6 March 2009 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 59) 2 February 2000 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 30 January 2009 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 4
T20I debut (cap 21) 24 February 2006 v Australia
Last T20I 13 January 2009 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
2010–2016 Hampshire
2004/05–2009/10 Lions
2008 Durham
2007 Somerset
1999/00–2003/04 Northerns
1997/98–1998/99 Gauteng
1994/95–1996/97 Transvaal
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 58 64 2 270
Runs scored 3253 1688 7 7,754
Batting average 37.39 37.51 - 37.82
100s/50s 5/16 2/10 0/0 10/54
Top score 226 131* 7* 131*
Balls bowled 90 46 - 255
Wickets 0 0 - 4
Bowling average - 62.00
5 wickets in innings -
10 wickets in match n/a - n/a
Best bowling - 2/19
Catches/stumpings 54/– 21/– 0– 82/–
Source: Cricinfo, 27 August 2017

Neil Douglas McKenzie (born 24 November 1975) is a former South African cricketer, who played all three forms of the game. He is a right-handed opening batsman who played for South Africa, making his first appearance in 2000. Strong on the leg side, he is also a very good player of spin. He plays for the Highveld Lions in South African domestic cricket and has also played county cricket for Somerset, Durham and lastly Hampshire.

He announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in January 2016.[1]

Early and personal life

Educated at King Edward VII School, McKenzie was a promising junior cricketer, captaining the South African Schools and Under-19 sides. McKenzie is married to one of the most famous South African models, Kerry McGregor. His sister, Megan, is also a leading model in South Africa.

Domestic career

With better form in international arena, a further development as a result of his recall was that Somerset announced that it was unlikely that McKenzie would return to the club for the 2008 season, having played in 2007 as a Kolpak player. It was subsequently announced that he would play part of the 2008 season for Durham as an overseas player.[2]

In January 2010, McKenzie joined English county side Hampshire as a Kolpak player for the 2010 County Championship.[3] On 5 August 2011 McKenzie hit his career best first-class score of 237 in a County Championship match against Yorkshire.[4] Not only did he make his highest score, but during his innings a number of records fell. Himself and Michael Carberry set a new Hampshire record for the 3rd wicket in first-class cricket, setting a partnership of 523 runs to surpass the previous best partnership for the 3rd wicket, which was set by George Brown and Phil Mead in 1927.[4] The partnership with Carberry was also the highest for any wicket for Hampshire, surpassing the 411 set by Robert Poore and Teddy Wynyard in 1899.[4] Their partnership was the 11th time in first-class cricket that a partnership has passed 500 runs, currently ranks 9th on the all-time list.[5]

International career

His Test debut came as an opening batsman in a tour of Sri Lanka but like his father Kevin McKenzie he soon cemented his place in the South African middle order before returning to the side as an opener later in his career. McKenzie made his maiden Test hundred against New Zealand in 2000–01. Another century soon came, against Sri Lanka at Supersport Park but it would be his last for seven years. From there on in he could not convert his twelve 50s into hundreds although he came close when he was run out by Damien Martyn for 99. After a series of low scores was dropped from the side. After showing excellent form in domestic cricket, and due to successive poor performances by opener Herschelle Gibbs, he was recalled to the South African Test squad three and a half years later for the second Test against the West Indies at Newlands. Opening the innings, McKenzie scored 23 before a torn calf muscle meant he was unable to bat in the second innings and would miss the third Test of the series.

During a test against Bangladesh begun on 29 February 2008, McKenzie was involved in a world record 1st wicket partnership of 415 with Graeme Smith.,[6] McKenzie registering a career best 226. He continued his form in the next Test against India when he registered scores of 94 and 155 not out.

In the first Test against England at Lord's in July 2008, McKenzie batted for over nine hours in a 447-ball innings of 138 to help his side save the match having been asked to follow-on on the third day.[7]

Neil McKenzie training at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2009

During 2008, McKenzie became one of only twelve players to score more than 1000 test runs in the calendar year. The year, however, ended in disappointing fashion as he was shown to be out of form in series against Bangladesh and Australia. That then led to him being dropped from the test squad, after the second test.

He played his first ODI since 2003 against Australia and made a hard fought 63 in the first ODI, while also playing his part in a successful 4–1 series win, which made South Africa the number 1 ranked ODI team in the world. With Graeme Smith fit again, McKenzie lost his place in the next ODI squad.

He was however named as one of five cricketers of the year by Wisden, a prestigious award, dating back more than 125 years, for his form in the away series in England.

International centuries

Test centuries

Test centuries of Neil McKenzie
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 120 5  New Zealand South Africa Port Elizabeth, South Africa St George's Park 30 November 2000 Won
[2] 103 9  Sri Lanka South Africa Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 20 January 2001 Won
[3] 226 44  Bangladesh Bangladesh Chittagong, Bangladesh ZAC Stadium 29 February 2008 Won
[4] 155* 45  India India Chennai, India MA Chidambaram Stadium 26 March 2008 Drawn
[5] 138 48  England England London, England Lord's 10 July 2008 Drawn

ODI centuries

One Day International centuries of Neil McKenzie
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 120* 19  Sri Lanka South Africa East London, South Africa Buffalo Park 17 December 2000 Won
[2] 131* 35  Kenya South Africa Cape Town, South Africa Newlands Cricket Ground 22 October 2001 Won

International awards

One Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Sri Lanka Buffalo Park, East London 17 December 2000 120* (135 balls: 13x4, 1x6) ; 1-0-5-0  South Africa won by 95 runs.[8]
2 West Indies Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 12 May 2001 73 (117 balls: 8x4) ; DNB  South Africa won by 53 runs.[9]
3 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare 30 September 2001 69* (86 balls: 10x4)  South Africa won by 6 wickets.[10]
4 Kenya Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town 22 October 2001 131* (121 balls: 8x4, 3x6) ; 2-0-10-0  South Africa won by 208 runs.[11]
5 India Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka 18 April 2003 1 ct. ; 80 (107 balls: 6x4)  South Africa won by 5 wickets.[12]


  1. ^ "Neil McKenzie retires from all cricket". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Durham To Boast World Class Batting Line-Up In 2008 Cricket World retrieved 31 March 2008
  3. ^ Neil McKenzie joins Hampshire
  4. ^ a b c "Carberry makes 300* in 523-run stand". ESPNcricinfo. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Partnerships Over 500 in First-Class Matches". CricketArchive. Archived from the original on 19 November 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  6. ^ South Africa set new opening mark BBC News retrieved 1 March 2008
  7. ^ Hashim Amla Century Guides South Africa To Safety Cricket World retrieved 16 July 2008
  8. ^ "2000-2001 South Africa v Sri Lanka - 2nd Match - East London". 
  9. ^ "2000-2001 West Indies v South Africa - 6th Match - Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad". 
  10. ^ "2001-2002 Zimbabwe v South Africa - 3rd Match - Harare". 
  11. ^ "2001-2002 Standard Bank Triangular Tournament - 8th Match - South Africa v Kenya - Cape Town". 
  12. ^ "2002-2003 TVS Cup - 6th Match - India v South Africa - Dhaka (Dacca)". 

External links

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