Jean Symes

Country: South Africa
Born: November 13, 1986, Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox

Jean Symes Bio

Jean Symes, born on September 12, 1987, was a talented left-handed cricketer from South Africa. Despite showing early promise and being earmarked for success as a schoolboy, his cricket career was tragically cut short due to his involvement in the match-fixing scandal that rocked South Africa’s T20 tournament in the 2015-16 summer.

Symes exhibited impressive strokeplay, quick footwork, and excellent hand-eye coordination from a young age. As a student at St John’s College, the same alma mater as the legendary Clive Rice, Symes quickly made a name for himself in club cricket and represented South Africa’s under-19 side at the 2006 age-group World Cup in Sri Lanka.

During the following season, Symes emerged as the leading run-scorer in the provincial three-day competition, helping his team, Gauteng, secure victory. In just eight matches, he compiled an impressive total of 847 runs at an average of 70.58. Symes’ remarkable performance included three centuries and four half-centuries. Despite these accomplishments, he struggled to break into the Lions side.

In a bid to further his cricket career, Symes signed as an overseas professional in Scotland and played in the Lancashire Leagues. It was in subsequent seasons that he began to make more regular franchise appearances, primarily in limited-overs cricket. While his left-arm spin provided him with an additional skill set, he still faced challenges in securing a permanent spot in the team.

Unfortunately, on August 1, 2016, Symes encountered a major setback when he was banned for seven years after being found guilty of failing to disclose a payment that violated the anti-corruption code. This ban not only tarnished his reputation but also abruptly ended his cricketing journey at just 28 years old.

Symes’ career will forever be marred by the match-fixing scandal and the subsequent ban. However, it is important to recognize his genuine talents and potential as a cricketer. With his fluid batting technique and all-round abilities, there is no denying the impact he could have had on the cricketing arena.

While it is unfortunate that Symes’ story is one of unfulfilled promise, his legacy serves as a reminder of the importance of integrity and the severe consequences that can arise from any involvement in illegal activities within the sport. Ultimately, Symes’ tale stands out as a cautionary tale to aspiring cricketers worldwide.

Jean Symes Career Stats

Jean Symes Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 62 104 8 3329 193 34.67 5107 65.18 8 13 459 27 48 0
List A 100 91 8 2694 170 32.45 3113 86.54 4 14 299 44 35 0
T20s 64 50 16 967 58* 28.44 801 120.72 0 3 79 28 30 0

Jean Symes Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 62 77 4345 2561 68 6/61 8/100 37.66 3.53 63.8 1 1 0
List A 100 68 2127 1860 60 4/8 4/8 31 5.24 35.4 2 0 0
T20s 64 30 350 479 18 3/5 3/5 26.61 8.21 19.4 0 0 0

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