20 years ago Makhaya Ntini was the first black cricketer to play a 5-day test

20 years ago Makhaya Ntini was the first black cricketer to play a 5-day test

Makhaya Ntini made history as the first black South African cricketer to play a five-day test on the 19th of March 1998. This was quite an achievement given the fact that in 1994 South Africa held its first democratic elections.

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The South African cricketer went on to have a stellar career as an international player. Besides being the first black player to play in a test he was the first ever black player to represent South Africa in cricket.

He had a run-in with the law when he was convicted of assaulting a woman but the conviction was later overturned on appeal.

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Ntini proved that he was as good as his white counterparts when he became the third SA cricketer to take 300 wickets after Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald.

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His career for the Proteas spanned 101 Tests and he took a total of 390 wickets.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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