Former South African great fast bowler, Neil Adcock, passed away yesterday (January 6). Adcock was one of the greats of the game and plied his trade during a period of superb fast bowlers.
Reading through the many news reports on his passing last night, I particularly liked this quote in The Hindu from Cricket South Africa's acting chief executive, Jacquest Faul, who said: "Neil was one of the great fast bowlers during what was truly a golden era of fast bowling. At that time England had Trueman, Statham and Tyson; Australia had Lindwall, Miller and Davidson; and the West Indies had Hall and Gilchrist. Neil was right up with the best of them."
Adcock played 26 Tests over a nine year period and took 104 wickets at an average of 21.10. In 1961, he was named one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year.
As a very small and modest tribute to Neil and his family, I have prepared his Minden Cricket playing card, which shows him to be one of the great bowlers in our game terms. He is also awarded the "Bouncer Intimidation" rating, which is a new rule introduced in the All Time Great XIs set.
Our condolences to his family.
You can download the PDF version of the card here.
Image via ESPN Cricinfo Player Profile page.