John Waite, one of South Africa's greatest wicketkeepers, has died in Johannesburg at the age of 81. Waite is famous for being the first player to complete 50 Test matches for South Africa, reaching the mark in his last Test, in 1965.
He represented Eastern Province, Transvaal and South Africa in a long career from 1948 to 1966. Although tall for a wicketkeeper, at well over 6 feet, he kept immaculately throughout his lengthy career to South Africa's fast bowlers and spinners, especially South Africa's match-winning offspinner Hugh Tayfield, off whom he effected many stumpings.
He held the record for most dismissals (141) by a South Africa wicketkeeper for several years, till he was overtaken by Davie Richardson and subsequently Mark Boucher. Waite still holds the joint-record for most dismissals by a South Africa keeper in a Test series, with 26 during the 1961-62 series against New Zealand. Boucher equalled that record in 1998.