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Neil McKenzie Biograpahy, Wiki, Age, Wife, Sister, Family, Education, Recognition

Neil McKenzie Biography

Neil McKenzie whose real name is Neil Douglas McKenzie was born on 24th November 1975 in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa. He is a former South African cricketer.

Neil McKenzie Education Background

He was a student at King Edward VII School

Neil McKenzie Career

He started his career in cricket as a junior cricketer, captaining the South African Schools and Under-19 sides. He made his debut as an opening batsman in a a tour of Sri Lanka. He cemented his place in the South African middle order before returning to the side as an opener later in his career. McKenzie made his maiden Test hundred against New Zealand in 2000–01.
His batting style is right hand bat and bowling style is right-arm medium. He scored 19,041 runs from 280 matches at an average of 45.77, including 53 hundreds and 86 fifties since his debut in 1994-95. He also represented South Africa in 58 Tests, 64 ODIs and two T20Is.
After showing excellent form in domestic cricket, and due to successive poor performances by opener Herschelle Gibbs, he was recalled to the South African Test squad three and a half years later for the second Test against the West Indies at Newlands. Opening the innings, McKenzie scored 23 before a torn calf muscle meant he was unable to bat in the second innings and would miss the third Test of the series. A further development as a result of his recall was that Somerset announced that it was unlikely that Neil McKenzie would return to the club for the 2008 season, having played in 2007 as a Kolpak player. It was subsequently announced that he would play part of the 2008 season for Durham as an overseas player.
On July 2008 in the first Test against England at Lord’s, he batted for over nine hours in a 447-ball innings of 138 to help his side save the match having been asked to follow on the third day.
During 2008, McKenzie became one of only twelve players to score more than 1000 test runs in the calendar year. The year, however, ended in disappointing fashion as he was shown to be out of form in series against Bangladesh and Australia. That then led to him being dropped from the test squad, after the second test.
He played his first ODI since 2003 against Australia and made a hard fought 63 in the first ODI, while also playing his part in a successful 4–1 series win, which made South Africa the number 1 ranked ODI team in the world. With Graeme Smith fit again, McKenzie lost his place in the next ODI squad.
In January 2010, McKenzie joined English county side Hampshire as a Kolpak player for the 2010 County Championship.
On 5 August 2011 McKenzie hit his career best first-class score of 237 in a County Championship match against Yorkshire.
Neil McKenzie and Michael Carberry set a new Hampshire record for the 3rd wicket in first-class cricket, setting a partnership of 523 runs to surpass the previous best partnership for the 3rd wicket, which was set by George Brown and Phil Mead in 1927

Neil McKenzie Recognition

  • He was named one of five cricketers of the year at Wisden Award for his form in the away series in England.

Neil McKenzie Family

Neil McKenzie is married to Kerry McGregor, a South African model, and they are blessed with three children. His sister is Megan McKenzie, a South African model. His father is Kevin McKenzie who was also a cricket player.