Eric Simons

Country: South Africa
Born: March 09, 1962, Cape Town, Cape Province
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium

Eric Simons Bio

Eric Owen Simons, born on February 18, 1962, in South Africa, is a former cricketer and coach who made a significant impact during his playing days and later as a coach. Known for his dynamic abilities and remarkable leadership skills, Simons contributed immensely to the sport in his native country.

Simons began his cricketing journey as a member of Western Province, where he gained prominence for his outstanding performances. Despite his exceptional skills, it was not until 1994, at the age of 32, that he received his much-deserved international recognition. This surprise call-up to the national team was a testament to Simons’ perseverance and undying passion for cricket.

During his career, Simons showcased his versatility as a genuine all-rounder. Primarily a fast-medium bowler, he possessed the ability to generate significant pace and movement, which troubled many accomplished batsmen. However, as the years progressed, Simons transitioned into a more controlled medium-pacer, which allowed him to sustain his effectiveness over the long term. His prowess with the ball brought him success on the international stage, contributing significantly to South Africa’s victories during his stint.

Although Simons proved to be a formidable force with the ball, he ached to make his mark as a batsman as well. Regrettably, he struggled to replicate his bowling success with the bat, leaving much room for improvement and leaving his batting average a bit lower than desired. Despite the disappointment, Simons remained a valuable asset to the team, using his power-hitting abilities to make important contributions in the middle order.

After retiring from his playing career, Simons embarked on a new journey as a cricket coach. Starting as the coach of Western Province, his exceptional cricketing acumen and leadership skills quickly gained recognition. In September 2002, he was appointed as the national coach of South Africa, a position he held for two years. Simons aimed to build on his playing experience to guide the team towards sustained success.

However, Simons’ coaching tenure was not without its challenges. Faced with a series of poor results by the national side, he made the difficult decision to step down as coach in October 2004. Despite the disappointments, his contributions to the development of cricket in South Africa were invaluable. He provided invaluable mentorship to young cricketers, fostering a culture of excellence and dedication that laid the foundation for future success.

Throughout his career, Simons exhibited a deep love for the sport and a relentless commitment to honing his skills. Even after retiring as a player and coach, he continued to play an active role in cricket. Whether through mentoring young talents or commentating on matches, Simons’ presence remained a source of inspiration to fans and players alike.

Eric Owen Simons’ remarkable journey in cricket serves as a testament to the rewards that hard work, determination, and unwavering passion can bring. His contributions to South African cricket will always be remembered, establishing him as a celebrated figure in the nation’s cricketing history.

Eric Simons Career Stats

Eric Simons Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 23 18 4 217 24 15.5 295 73.55 0 0 10 3 6 0
FC 123 193 40 4264 157* 27.86 - - 2 25 - - 81 0
List A 193 152 54 2207 74* 22.52 - - 0 7 - - 62 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Eric Simons Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 23 23 1212 810 33 4/42 4/42 24.54 4 36.7 1 0 0
FC 123 - 20363 8511 330 6/26 - 25.79 2.5 61.7 - 9 1
List A 193 - 9351 6100 283 6/8 6/8 21.55 3.91 33 16 4 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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