Brian Mervin McMillan was born on December 22, 1963 in the Free State province of South Africa Welkom. He grew up in Carletonville. It is a small gold-mining town in western Gauteng, South Africa.

McMillan was a right arm medium-pace bowler and right-handed batsman. He could use his height (6' 4") while bowling. McMillan was also a leading slip fielder, and holds the highest percentage of catches per Test for an outfielder in South Africa Test cricket history. He played 38 Tests and 78 One Day Internationals for South Africa from 1991 to 1998. McMillan was rated by many as the best all-rounder in the world in the mid-1990s, and won South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year awards in 1991 and 1996.

In domestic cricket, McMillan represented Transvaal for four seasons from 1984-85 to 1988-89, and Western Province from 1989-90 until his retirement in the 1999-00 season . He also spent a season with Warwickshire in 1986. McMillan made his Test debut in November 1992, against India at Durban, in South Africa's first home Test match in over 20 years. He was to become a key member of the South African team post their re-admittance to world cricket in 1991.

The 1992 World Cup was a big feature in Brian McMillan’s biography - and winning at Lord's in July 1994. He got three Test centuries and missed out on about 11 or 12 others. Batting with the tailenders was challenging. Going over to Australia, playing on those great fields and in front of those crowds, not having played or experienced this before… It was marvelous and extremely specific experience for a young but very talented and perspective player. They had the right captain at the time in Kepler Wessels and we had a good all-round squad, one of the best, in fact, to date.

Brian McMillan stepped out rather quickly. There was an altercation on his last tour to the United Kingdom about the selection policy and convener of selectors. He disagreed with some of the selection policies, and McMillan noted that if that's the way it was going to be, there was no point in playing cricket. His net worth is currently not publicized.

Now that Brian Mervin McMillan is 53 and he has retired, his pastimes are golf and fishing. Due to his age and health condition he can’t play cricket anymore. Of course, the game is still in his heart and will always be. On one of his interviews he said that he enjoys watching that kind of sport, and if there are people who want a bit of cricket help, he do get involved, but he doesn't see himself going to play cricket. He has other interests now - going fishing in Hermanus, and that sort of thing. When he retired from cricket, he did a Masters in business. Two of his kids and his wife are involved in their successful family business. He currently heads an office automation firm in Cape Town.

Last Modified: May 11, 2020

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