Neil Johnson (cricketer)

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Neil Johnson
Personal information
Full nameNeil Clarkson Johnson
Born (1970-01-24) 24 January 1970 (age 49)
Salisbury, Rhodesia
BattingLeft-hand bat
BowlingRight-arm fast-medium
RoleAll-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 40)7 October 1998 v India
Last Test1 June 2000 v England
ODI debut (cap 55)24 October 1998 v New Zealand
Last ODI22 July 2000 v England
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 13 48 161 232
Runs scored 532 1,679 7,569 7,019
Batting average 24.18 36.50 34.40 35.99
100s/50s 1/4 4/11 11/53 13/40
Top score 107 132* 150 146*
Balls bowled 1,186 1,503 14,754 6,135
Wickets 15 35 230 153
Bowling average 39.60 34.85 33.13 34.70
5 wickets in innings 0 0 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/77 4/42 5/79 4/19
Catches/stumpings 12/– 19/– 218/– 122/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 5 August 2015

Neil Clarkson Johnson (born 24 January 1970) is a former Zimbabwean cricketer who played 13 Tests and 48 One Day Internationals between 1998 and 2000. An all-rounder, he bowled right-arm fast-medium and played in the middle order as an aggressive left-handed batsman, he usually opened the batting in one-day cricket.

Domestic career[edit]

Johnson was born in Salisbury – now Harare. Throughout his first-class career he spent time in both South Africa and England, playing for Boland, Eastern Province, Natal, Western Province, Leicestershire and Hampshire.

International career[edit]

Johnson was influential in Zimbabwe's qualification to the Super Six stage of the 1999 World Cup, he won three Man-of-the-Match awards in the tournament. One of those awards came in his side's surprise victory over eventual semi-finalists South Africa. Opening the batting, he top-scored with 76 before dismissing Gary Kirsten with the first ball of the South African chase, he then got rid of Jacques Kallis for a duck and finished with 3 for 27. In the same tournament, he made an unbeaten 132 and took 2/43 against eventual champions Australia at Lord's. Johnson is notable for having opened both the batting and bowling for his country in this World Cup.

After the 2000 tour of England, Johnson retired from international cricket as a result of disputes over his payment from the Zimbabwe Cricket Union, he moved to South Africa, a country that he had lived in as a child.

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