Neil McKenzie

Country: South Africa
Born: November 24, 1975, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Opening Batter

Neil McKenzie Bio

Neil Douglas McKenzie is a former professional cricket player from South Africa who made a significant mark on the cricketing world during his career. Known for his unique playing style and unassuming demeanor, McKenzie became a stalwart in South Africa’s middle-order for four years in the early 2000s.

Born on November 24, 1975, in Johannesburg, South Africa, McKenzie comes from a cricketing family. His father, Kevin McKenzie, was a middle-order batsman who had represented South Africa during the rebel era. Following in his father’s footsteps, Neil quickly developed a passion for the game and excelled in it from a young age.

McKenzie’s talent was evident early on as he captained both the South African Schools and Under-19 teams. It was during his time under the influence of former New Zealand captain Ken Rutherford at Gauteng that McKenzie’s skills flourished. He made his debut for the South African national team in 2000 as an opening batsman during a tour of Sri Lanka, although his performance in this role was not initially promising.

However, McKenzie soon found his rhythm and delivered impressive performances. During the 2000-2001 summer, he scored his maiden Test century against New Zealand and an ODI century against Sri Lanka, establishing himself as a reliable and consistent batsman. His rise coincided with the confusion surrounding the roles of established players Daryll Cullinan and Jonty Rhodes, allowing McKenzie to cement his place in both the Test and ODI teams.

Although questions were raised about his ability to handle top-class spinners, McKenzie’s contributions to the team were significant enough to warrant a permanent spot. Unfortunately, in March 2004, he was dropped from the side and endured a three-and-a-half-year exile, despite being in the prime of his career.

In January 2008, McKenzie received a well-deserved recall to the South African squad to face West Indies in Cape Town. He proved his worth once again by displaying his elegant and economical batting style, particularly strong on the leg side. One of McKenzie’s most memorable moments came during the tour of Bangladesh, where he partnered with captain Graeme Smith to achieve a world-record opening stand of 415 runs.

McKenzie’s talent attracted attention beyond South Africa and in early 2008, he signed with Durham for the initial part of the season, which added to his growing profile in international cricket. However, as all good things must come to an end, McKenzie retired from international cricket in 2009, having played 58 Tests, 64 ODIs, and 2 T20Is, leaving behind an impressive record and countless memories.

Off the field, McKenzie is regarded as popular and mildly eccentric, endearing him to fans and teammates alike. Following his retirement, he has remained involved in cricket, taking up coaching roles and passing on his knowledge and experience to aspiring young cricketers.

Neil Douglas McKenzie’s contributions to South African cricket and his skillful batting technique have left a lasting impression on the game. His unassuming nature, combined with his stellar performances, has made him a beloved figure in the cricketing world.

Neil McKenzie Career Stats

Neil McKenzie Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 58 94 7 3253 226 37.39 7744 42 5 16 409 22 54 0
T20Is 2 1 1 7 7* - 8 87.5 0 0 0 0 0 0
ODIs 64 55 10 1688 131* 37.51 2432 69.4 2 10 142 8 21 0
FC 280 476 60 19041 237 45.77 - - 53 86 - - 255 0
List A 298 269 43 8571 131* 37.92 - - 12 58 - - 90 0
T20s 155 138 38 3357 89* 33.57 2830 118.62 0 18 341 49 47 0

Neil McKenzie Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 58 6 90 68 0 - - - 4.53 - 0 0 0
T20Is 2 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 64 5 46 27 0 - - - 3.52 - 0 0 0
FC 280 - 1054 568 11 2/13 - 51.63 3.23 95.8 - 0 0
List A 298 - 255 248 4 2/19 2/19 62 5.83 63.7 0 0 0
T20s 155 4 24 34 1 1/4 1/4 34 8.5 24 0 0 0

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