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Clive Edward Butler Rice (born 23 July 1949) is a former South African international cricketer. An all-rounder, Rice ended his First class cricket career with a batting average of 40.95 and a bowling average of 22.49.

His career coincided directly with South Africa's sporting isolation, and his international experience was limited to his post-prime days. He played three One Day Internationals for South Africa following the country's return from sporting isolation. He was controversially left out of the squads for the one-off Test against the West Indies and the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

Early and domestic career[edit | edit source]

Rice began his career with Transvaal in 1969 and was called up for South Africa's (ultimately cancelled) tour of Australia in 1971–72. In South African domestic cricket he successfully led the 1980s Transvaal team, known as the "Mean Machine",[1] to three Castle Currie Cup titles and other one-day competition victories. Toward the end of his playing career, he played for, and captained Natal.

Career in English domestic cricket[edit | edit source]

Rice played for Nottinghamshire in the English County Championship in a side that also featured internationals Richard Hadlee and Derek Randall. As captain, he led the side to the County Championship title in both 1981 and 1987, winning the prestigious award of being named a Wisden cricketer of the year for his exploits in 1981.[2] He later played for Scotland.

International cricket[edit | edit source]

Rice thanking the Indian crowd upon South Africa's re-admittance to international cricket.

Along with other South African players, excluded from international cricket by the sporting boycott of South Africa due to his country's policy of apartheid, Rice joined the controversial World Series Cricket setup.

During the 1980s, a number of rebel cricket teams visited South Africa to play unofficial "Test" matches. Rice captained the home side for the majority of these fixtures.

Rice was able to make his debut in official international cricket in 1991, when, aged 42, he played in—and captained—South Africa's first One Day International, in a match against India at Eden Gardens, Calcutta.[3] Rice finished with averages of 13 with the bat and 57 with the ball from his three One Day International matches.[4]

After retirement Rice worked as coach for Nottinghamshire and encouraged Kevin Pietersen to leave South Africa to qualify for England.[5][6][7]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Player Profile, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 29 March 2009
  2. Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year, Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, Retrieved on 29 March 2009
  3. India v South Africa, South Africa in India 1991/92 (1st ODI), ODI no. 686, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 16 April 2009
  4. Player Profile, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 16 April 2009
  5. South Africa's decline because of 'apartheid in reverse', Cricinfo, Retrieved on 29 March 2009
  6. Rice furious at 'apartheid in reverse', The Telegraph, Retrieved on 24 July 2011
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