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Andre Nel

01 January, 1970

He is capable of bowling at speeds of up to 90mph, and is not afraid - one could even say fond - of roughing up batsmen with short bowling, or of giving them a few choice words to think about before they face the next ball.

Full name : Andre Nel
Born : July 15, 1977, Germiston, Transvaal
Current age : 29 years 107 days
Major teams : South Africa, Easterns, Northamptonshire
Batting style : Right-hand bat
Bowling style : Right-arm fast-medium

Statsguru Test player, ODI player

 

 Batting and fielding averages
class  mat  inns  no  runs  hs  ave  bf  sr  100  50  4s  6s  ct  st
Tests   23   25   6   135   18*   7.10   384   35.15   0   0   18   1   9   0
ODIs   50   10   6   24   12*   6.00   43   55.81   0   0   3   0   12   0
Twenty20 Int.   1   1   1   0   0*   -   2   0.00   0   0   0   0   1   0
First-class   83   93   32   844   44   13.83         0   0         30   0
List A   149   56   32   246   21*   10.25         0   0         35   0
Twenty20   11   4   1   23   12   7.66   15   153.33   0   0         3   0

 Bowling averages
class  mat  balls  runs  wkts  bbi  bbm  ave  econ  sr  4  5  10
Tests   23   4959   2503   84   6/32   10/88   29.79   3.02   59.03   4   3   1
ODIs   50   2412   1875   66   4/39   4/39   28.40   4.66   36.54   1   0   0
Twenty20 Int.   1   24   19   2   2/19   2/19   9.50   4.75   12.00   0   0   0
First-class   83   16460   7582   295   6/25      25.70   2.76   55.79      12   1
List A   149   7341   5113   214   6/27   6/27   23.89   4.17   34.30   4   3   0
Twenty20   11   252   237   12   2/19   2/19   19.75   5.64   21.00   0   0   0

 Career statistics
 
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Test debut  Zimbabwe v South Africa at Harare - Sep 7-11, 2001 scorecard
Last Test  Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (SSC) - Jul 27-31, 2006 scorecard
ODI debut  West Indies v South Africa at Port of Spain - May 12, 2001 scorecard
Last ODI  Pakistan v South Africa at Chandigarh - Oct 27, 2006 scorecard
Only Twenty20 Int.  South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg - Oct 21, 2005 scorecard
First-class span  1996/97 - 2006
List A span  1997/98 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2003 - 2005/06

 Notes
Education: Dr EG Jansen (Boksburg)

 Profile

Andre Nel is a muscular, bludgeoning fast bowler who has belied his conservative Afrikaans upbringing by amassing one of South African cricket's most chequered disciplinary records. Nel was sent home from the South Africa A tour of Australia in 2003 after being stopped by Tasmanian police and found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. It was the latest in a string of misdemeanors, but not enough to preclude his selection in the South African one-day squad for the tour of England in 2003, for which he was forced to take a temporary break from his contract with Northamptonshire. Nel was tipped from an early age as a future international and he first made the headlines in February 2001 when he felled his hero Allan Donald with a fierce bouncer during a domestic first-class match. Although Nel burst into tears when Donald was forced to leave the field, it later emerged that he was following instructions from coach Ray Jennings to target South Africa's premier fast bowler.

Further controversy followed later that year, when Nel was one of five South African players found guilty of smoking marijuana during the tour of the West Indies. However, it was during the home West Indies series in 2003-04, during which he got married, that he established himself as a permament member of the Test team - and was only in trouble once, for making facial gestures to Chris Gayle. A back injury curtailed his progress, but he returned with wickets and more facial contortions against England in 2004-05. Nel came into his own during South Africa's tour of Australia at the end of 2005, where he was an intimidating presence with 14 wickets and an attacking mindset. Four dismissals on Boxing Day led to a strong showing at Sydney, and his ability to fight against the backdrop of racial taunts from the Australian crowd was tough. Failed to back his words, however, during a return series at home, finishing with only six wickets, and was involved in a heated argument with Adam Gilchrist in the second Test after being slammed for 22 runs. An unsuccessful tour of Sri Lanka in the summer of 2006 followed, but Nel was retained in South Africa's 14-man squad for the Champions Trophy in India.


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