John Waite (cricketer)

John Henry Bickford Waite (19 January 1930 – 22 June 2011)[1] was a South African cricketer who played in fifty Tests from 1951 to 1965.

John Waite
South African team in ANZ 1952-53.jpg
The South African touring team in 1952-53.
Waite is seated at left.
Personal information
Full nameJohn Henry Bickford Waite
Born19 January 1930 (1930-01-19)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Died22 June 2011 (2011-06-23) (aged 81)
International information
National side
Test debut7 June 1951 v England
Last Test12 February 1965 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test First-class
Matches 50 199
Runs scored 2405 9812
Batting average 30.44 35.04
100s/50s 4/16 23/45
Top score 134 219
Balls bowled 20
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 124/17 427/84
Source: Cricinfo, 3 December 2020

He was born in Johannesburg, Transvaal, and educated at Hilton College and Rhodes University.[2] He was the first South African to play 50 Tests for his country[3] and is generally acknowledged to be one of South Africa's finest wicket keepers.[4] His total of 141 dismissals in Test matches stood as a record for his country until it was overtaken by Dave Richardson. In 1953–54 he set a new Test best of 23 dismissals in a single series, against New Zealand and broke his own record in 1961–62, with 26, also against New Zealand. He was also a solid batsman, scoring 76 on debut against England at Trent Bridge, and averaging over 30 in Tests with four Test centuries.

In addition to his Test career, he played first class cricket for Eastern Province and Transvaal, making his debut in 1948 and retiring in 1966. His highest first class score was 219 for Eastern Province against Griqualand West.


  1. ^ "John Waite dies at 81". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 June 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Daily Telegraph obituary
  3. ^ "An Invincible arrives". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "John Waite". The Daily Telegraph. London. 24 June 2011.

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