Ninth Test-playing tour of England by South Africa
(April - September 1960)
The South African touring side of 1960 were not attractive to watch.The batting was below Test match standard and the bowling relied overmuch on Adcock for penetration and Tayfield for steadiness.If Tayfield was past his best, Adcock was hostile and captured a record number of wickets.Yet England, while inflicting an overwhelming defeat in the Test matches, were neither stretched nor served with serious preparation for the Ashes series next summer.
The young players chosen for the tour party made very little progress and 20 year-old Geoff Griffin's career was brought to an abrupt halt when he was called for throwing in an exhibition match played at the end of the Lord's Test.Griffin had already been called for throwing in South Africa (though not in the season preceding the tour) and on a number of occasions on this tour including England’s only innings in the Lord’s Test. Most commentators knew before the tour that he threw every ball and should never have been selected.
The circumstances which saw Griffin humiliated were the product of levity in an exhibition match played the previous season; in 1959 the Indians had suffered their fifth Test match defeat in a row when the game at The Oval ended before lunch on the fourth day.There was a 22 overs per side exhibition match, which was played in a manner which encouraged the authorities to ensure that all should treat such matches more seriously in future - as umpire Buller indeed did. Griffin did not bowl again on the tour.
In consequence the Australian Board, realising how its 1961 tour could be wrecked if umpires were not going to accept the actions of bowlers like Meckiff, conferred with MCC as a matter of urgency on what constitutes a throw, and ensured that none of the obvious throwers were in their tour party.
South Africa lost the toss in all five Test matches which was an inconvenience but could not account for England winning 3-0 and maintaining a sequence of 23 Tests without losing a match in England. The gloomy weather and poor attendances made the tour South Africa's first in England since 1912 to turn in a financial loss.
Alan Melville (Transvaal – convenor of selectors), Johnny Lindsay (North-eastern Transvaal). Lindsay Tuckett (Orange Free State), R.C.Wooller (Transvaal).
Mr Dudley Nourse was named as manager.
After six days of trial matches, Mr G W A Chubb (President of the South African Cricket Association) made the announcement of names in the tour party to a large crowd waiting in front of Kingsmead pavilion.
Tayfield more or less came out of retirement to make the tour.
Tour Party Announced :14 February 1960.
Not selected : .
Time between selection and departure from South Africa
(14 February to 17 April)
The team flew from Johannesburg at noon on 17 April 1960, via Kano and Amsterdam to London Airport. They were met by a demonstration of 400 anti-apartheid protesters, including Fenner Brockway MP.
The demonstrations continued throughout the tour. In anticipation of this, MCC had given the South african Board the option of calling off the tour.
Time spent in England
(17 April - 15 September)
On-tour selection panel
McGlew, Goddard, Waite, Nourse.
None.When Griffin's tour as a bowler came to an end, he remained on tour as a batsman.Although Mr Geoffrey Chubb, the President of the South African Cricket Association issued this statement -"It has been decided that Griffin will continue as a member of the South African touring team but will not bowl any more in this country.”The tour committee had requested at the end of the first Test that an additional player be sent from South Africa.It was thought the tour committee asked for Transvaal fast bowler Peter Heine as a replacement but the request was refused, so Griffin was forced to continue the tour as a batsman only.
Pithey missed some matches with illness and McKinnon did not play after the Test at The Oval.