Lee Irvine

Country: South Africa
Born: March 09, 1944, Durban, Natal
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium

Lee Irvine Bio

Brian Lee Irvine, or more commonly known as Lee Irvine, was a exceptional cricket player hailing from South Africa. Although his Test career was cut short due to the political turmoil in the country, Irvine left an indelible mark on the game with his powerful batting performances.

Born on January 16, 1944, in South Africa, Lee Irvine was immersed in the world of cricket from an early age. His father was a talented baseball player in Natal, and Lee’s passion for sports was ignited under the watchful eye of his father. While his father excelled in baseball, Lee found his calling in the gentleman’s game of cricket.

From a young age, Irvine displayed a natural flair for the sport. His powerful left-handed batting style immediately caught the attention of coaches and selectors alike. Lee quickly rose through the ranks and earned his spot in the South African national cricket team. However, his international career coincided with the turbulent political landscape in South Africa. As a result, he could only represent his nation in four Test matches, but those few games were enough to establish his legacy.

Irvine’s most memorable series in international cricket came during the 1969-1970 season when South Africa squared off against Australia. It proved to be South Africa’s final series for over two decades, and Irvine played a pivotal role in their 4-0 victory over the Australians. His batting prowess was on full display as he consistently scored runs and dominated bowlers. Irvine’s ability to hit sixes became his trademark, as he smashed an astonishing 26 sixes in his debut season with Essex in 1968.

Just as Irvine was blossoming into his prime, the political situation in South Africa abruptly severed his international career. However, his final Test innings was a remarkable testament to his talent and determination. On his 26th birthday, Irvine scored a majestic century, a remarkable 102, which showcased his immense skill and courage on the cricket field.

Despite his short Test career, Irvine’s contribution to the sport cannot be overlooked. His aggressive batting style and ability to clear boundaries instilled fear in opposing bowlers. Irvine’s performances were a source of inspiration for young cricketers in South Africa, and his legacy continues to live on.

Off the field, Lee Irvine was a humble and down-to-earth individual. Known for his modesty and genuine love for the game, he gained respect from both teammates and opponents. Irvine’s passion for cricket extended beyond playing the game. After his retirement, he remained involved in various coaching roles, passing on his knowledge and experiences to the next generation of cricketers.

Today, Lee Irvine’s remarkable achievements and contributions to cricket are celebrated and cherished in South Africa. While his international career may have been cut short, his impact on the game will forever be remembered. As a powerful left-handed batsman, Irvine leaves a lasting imprint on South African cricket, serving as an inspiration to aspiring cricketers for generations to come.

Lee Irvine Career Stats

Lee Irvine Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 7 0 353 102 50.42 650 54.3 1 2 33 6 2 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 157 271 26 9919 193 40.48 - - 21 - - - 240 7
List A 41 40 2 797 69 20.97 - - 0 4 - - 29 1
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Lee Irvine Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 4 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 157 - 228 142 1 1/39 - 142 3.73 228 - 0 0
List A 41 - 150 91 4 2/7 2/7 22.75 3.64 37.5 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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