Test-playing tour of England
by South Africa
(June - September 1994)
Making their first tour of England for 29 years, the 'Proteas'
manager Fritz Bing said on arrival how they were returned to "the Mother
Country not as rebels, beggars, or enemies, but as confident, happy
children...we come proudly through the front door".
When Kepler Wessels scored his
century on the first day at Lord’s Mike Procter excitedly waved the South
African flag from the pavilion balcony. MCC turned a blind eye until later in
the match when regulations prohibiting banners and flags inside the ground were
South Africa achieved
an overwhelming victory by a record margin of 356 runs at Lord’s but failed to
go on and take the series.The batting
collapsed at The Oval against the pace of Devon Malcolm, and then lost the
one-day series. However, more importantly, the image of the new South Africa
they conveyed won plaudits. Allan Donald proved himself a great fast bowler, Jonty
Rhodes an exuberant fielder and Cullinan a classic batsman. If much of the
batting was plodding and the bowling attack was of modest fast-medium, it was
resilient and saved the match at Leeds.
Bing was president of the
Western Province Cricket Union.
Peter Pollock (convenor of selectors), …..
Tour Party Announced : 18 April 1994, announced in Johannesburg
Not selected:S J
Time between selection and departure from South Africa60 days
(18 April to 17 June)
A three-day training camp at Durban finished on Sunday 12 June 1994.
The tourists flew out of Johannesburg
on Friday night, and arrived in London
on Saturday 18 June
The team had their first practice session at The Oval
later that day and two days later played an extra practice match at Wormsley,
and started their official programme on 23 June.
Time spent in England
(18 June - depart Host)
On-tour selection panel
Richard Snell was called up in place of Aubrey Martyn who
returned home because of stress fractures of the back without playing a match.
Martyn strained his lower back during the training camp held in Durban.
J P Getty’s XI
Earl of Caernarvon’s Xi
Won 7 w
Lost 34 r
WON 356 r
Won 134 r
LOST 8 w
Lost 6 w
Lost 4 w
Festival President’s XI (50 overs)
Lost 4 w
Festival President’s XI
ϯ The Hague
Lost 9 w
† not first-class
spent in England
before First Test:
(18 June - 21 July 1994)
Test appearances on tour
3 -Cronje, de Villiers, Donald, G Kirsten, P Kirsten, McMillan, Rhodes, Richardson, Wessels
0 -Liebenburg, Martyn, Shaw, Snell, Symcox.
•Allan Donald took 5
wickets in his first innings at Lord’s getting his name on the dressing room
•Kepler Wessels achieved
the same feat by scoring a century at Lord’s (105).
•Peter Kirsten hit 104 at
•Brian McMillan (93)
batted through nearly 200 runs to take South Africa to a respectable score
at The Oval
•Darryl Cullinan played in
only the last Test but with 94 showed what might have been
Other first-class matches
Return to South
The tourists flew to Holland to play their
last match on 4 September without
captain Kepler Wessels, Allan Donald and Jonty Rhodes.