Craig Matthews

Country: South Africa
Born: February 15, 1965, Cape Town, Cape Province
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Craig Matthews Bio

Craig Russell Matthews is a former South African cricketer who played a pivotal role in the success of the national team during the mid-1990s. Known for his level-headedness and calm demeanor, Matthews was often referred to as the dependable “Captain Sensible” during his tenure as the right-hand man to Hansie Cronje, who captained the team.

Born on October 27, 1965, in South Africa, Craig Matthews developed a passion for cricket from a young age. He displayed great potential in the sport and quickly rose through the ranks to represent his country. Matthews was a skilled right-arm fast-medium bowler and a capable lower-order batsman.

Matthews’ unwavering composure in high-pressure situations proved invaluable to the South African team. His role as a rescue act for the impulsive and hot-headed Cronje in the early years of his captaincy was particularly significant. Despite not always receiving the recognition he deserved, Matthews consistently delivered outstanding performances that contributed to the team’s triumphs.

Renowned for his dedication and hard work, Matthews was content to take on the unglamorous role of a workhorse in the team’s highly regarded four-man pace attack. He willingly shouldered the responsibility of bowling the most overs for the fewest runs, often battling challenging conditions such as running uphill or into the wind. His unwavering commitment and selflessness were widely admired by his teammates and fans alike.

Beyond his contributions on the field, Craig Matthews possessed a keen interest in the greater game of cricket. This led to him assuming the role of Western Province’s marketing manager following his retirement from first-class cricket. He continued to contribute to the sport in various capacities, further solidifying his connection to the game that had been such a significant part of his life.

Throughout his career, Craig Matthews exhibited exceptional skill and unwavering dedication. His statistics speak for themselves, with notable performances in both Test and One-Day International matches. In his 14 Test appearances, Matthews claimed 47 wickets at an average of 28.00, further bolstering his reputation as a talented bowler.

Matthews’ achievements on the cricket field were undoubtedly impressive, but it is his off-field persona that truly set him apart. He was the calming influence the team needed during challenging times, and his selfless approach to the game endeared him to his teammates. Matthews’ integrity and professionalism were widely acknowledged and respected throughout the cricketing world.

Today, Craig Matthews stands as a symbol of dedication and humility. His contributions to South African cricket during a crucial period in its history should never be underestimated. As a true team player and a respected figure in the sport, Matthews’ name will forever be associated with the successes of the national team and his role in shaping the game in South Africa.

Craig Matthews Career Stats

Craig Matthews Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 18 25 6 348 62* 18.31 776 44.84 0 1 47 2 4 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 56 22 9 141 26 10.84 202 69.8 0 0 5 2 10 0
FC 105 119 32 1734 105 19.93 - - 1 4 - - 57 0
List A 176 70 33 417 31* 11.27 - - 0 0 - - 43 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Craig Matthews Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 18 33 3980 1502 52 5/42 8/140 28.88 2.26 76.5 1 2 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 56 55 3003 1975 79 4/10 4/10 25 3.94 38 3 0 0
FC 105 - 17662 7203 290 6/22 - 24.83 2.44 60.9 - 9 0
List A 176 - 8726 5523 243 5/11 5/11 22.72 3.79 35.9 7 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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