Friday 14 March 2014 

Video - Mike Procter On His Early Career...As A Wicket-Keeper

In this exclusive interview with South African legend Mike Procter, he reveals that in his early days he was a wicket-keeper and occasional off-spinner and it was only later that he became a great fast bowler and all-rounder.

Speaking to us at Lord's, the home of cricket, he talks about how he began in the game, growing up in what he calls a 'cricket environment' and following in the footsteps of his father, who also played at representative level.

But he began his playing career as a wicket-keeper, and an occasional off-spinner before standing in when a team was short of a seam bowler...and the rest is history.

He played just seven Tests for South Africa (taking 41 wickets) as his career coincided with their exile from international cricket but in 401 first-class matches for Gloucestershire, Natal, Western Province and Rhodesia, he took 1,417 wickets at an average of 19.53.

He also scored 21,936 runs at an average of 36.01.

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