Tony Pithey

Anthony John Pithey (17 July 1933 – 17 November 2006) was a Rhodesian cricketer who played in seventeen Tests for South Africa from 1957 to 1965. He also made 65 appearances for Rhodesia, captaining them 34 times.[1] He was a technically correct top-order batsmen who developed a reputation for being a stayer rather than a strokemaker. His early promise saw him represent South Africa as a young player, but he only secured his place in the team toward the end of his career. He toured Australia with Trevor Goddard's Springboks in 1963–64, during which, with his brother David and the Pollocks (Peter and Graeme) he formed part of the first pair of brothers to represent a country in a Test match.

Tony Pithey
Tony and David Pithey.jpg
Tony Pithey (L) with his brother David
Personal information
Born(1933-07-17)17 July 1933
Umtali, Southern Rhodesia
Died17 November 2006(2006-11-17) (aged 73)
Southbroom, South Africa
BattingRight-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
RelationsDavid Pithey (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 195)25 January 1957 v England
Last Test12 February 1965 v England
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 17 124
Runs scored 819 7073
Batting average 31.50 35.90
100s/50s 1/4 13/41
Top score 154 170
Balls bowled 12 22
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 3/- 59/-
Source: Cricinfo

His best series was against Mike Smith's MCC tourists in 1964/65 during which he scored two half-centuries, and his only century, 154 at Newlands during the third Test match. He was selected for the English tour of England in 1965 but withdrew for business reasons and did not play again.


  1. ^ Jonty Winch, Cricket's Rich Heritage: a History of Rhodesian and Zimbabwean Cricket 1890–1982, Books of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, 1983, p. 220.

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