Louis Duffus, Date of Birth, Date of Death


Louis Duffus

Cricket player of South Africa.

Date of Birth: 13-May-1904

Date of Death: 24-Jul-1984

Profession: war correspondent, journalist, cricketer

Nationality: South Africa

Zodiac Sign: Taurus

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About Louis Duffus

  • Louis George Duffus (13 May 1904 in Melbourne, Australia – 24 July 1984 in Johannesburg, South Africa) was a South African cricketer who became the country's most respected writer on the game. He was educated in Johannesburg, being awarded a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
  • He was a fine athlete and baseballer, as well as a cricketer.
  • He was a right-handed batsman and occasional wicketkeeper, who played in five first-class matches for Transvaal between 1923/24 and 1934/35.
  • Meanwhile, he had established himself as a cricket journalist, accompanying the South African national side on their 1929 tour of England and supplying copy for a number of British papers.
  • Thereafter, until South Africa were barred from Test cricket some forty years later as a result of apartheid, he hardly missed a Test match in which they were involved.
  • He covered more than one hundred in all.
  • His Wisden obituary described him as "conscientious, generous and very fair, with a delightful manner and a nice turn of phrase".During the 1935 South African tour of England he was summoned from the press box to field as a substitute against Glamorgan.
  • He caught Dyson at slip, which helped in ensuring the tourists' victory in front of a large Swansea crowd.
  • He was proud that Wisden mentioned this in its match report.
  • He had not been far from selection for the touring party, having played in a trial match in the previous December. He compiled and edited Volume 3 of the official history of South African cricket, covering the years from 1927 to 1947.
  • He also wrote on rugby union and was a war correspondent during World War II.
  • He was also the sports editor of the Johannesburg Star.He achieved a degree of fame in the medical world in 1970 when, though a haemophiliac, he had a hip operation in Oxford.

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