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Makhaya Ntini

01 January, 1970

Ntini is an impressive fast bowler, who hits the deck hard and has enjoyed much of his success on the flattest of pitches.He is one of the fittest cricketers around.

Full name : Makhaya Ntini
Born : July 6, 1977, Mdingi, nr King William's Town, Cape Province
Current age : 29 years 116 days
Major teams : South Africa, Border, ICC World XI, Warwickshire
Also known as : George
Batting style : Right-hand bat
Bowling style : Right-arm fast

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   69   78   23   572   32*   10.40   1029   55.58   0   0   87   8   18   0
ODIs   134   34   19   149   42*   9.93   227   65.63   0   0   11   5   26   0
Twenty20 Int.   2   1   0   5   5   5.00   6   83.33   0   0   1   0   0   0
First-class   134   156   47   1060   34*   9.72         0   0         32   0
List A   189   54   25   204   42*   7.03         0   0         36   0
Twenty20   10   4   2   12   6*   6.00   14   85.71   0   0         0   0

 Bowling averages
class  mat  balls  runs  wkts  bbi  bbm  ave  econ  sr  4  5  10
Tests   69   14597   7751   274   7/37   13/132   28.28   3.18   53.27   15   14   4
ODIs   134   6708   4914   216   6/22   6/22   22.75   4.39   31.05   6   4   0
Twenty20 Int.   2   30   65   0   -   -   -   13.00   -   0   0   0
First-class   134   24916   13619   465   7/37      29.28   3.27   53.58      19   4
List A   189   9090   6625   280   6/22   6/22   23.66   4.37   32.46   7   5   0
Twenty20   10   216   264   7   2/26   2/26   37.71   7.33   30.85   0   0   0

 Career statistics
 
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Test debut  South Africa v Sri Lanka at Cape Town - Mar 19-23, 1998 scorecard
Last Test  Sri Lanka v South Africa at Colombo (PSS) - Aug 4-8, 2006 scorecard
ODI debut  New Zealand v South Africa at Perth - Jan 16, 1998 scorecard
Last ODI  Pakistan v South Africa at Chandigarh - Oct 27, 2006 scorecard
Twenty20 Int. debut  South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg - Oct 21, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Int.  South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg - Feb 24, 2006 scorecard
First-class span  1995/96 - 2006
List A span  1995/96 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2003/04 - 2005/06

 Notes
Education: Dale College, EL Technical College
Junior Representative Cricket: Bdr Nuff 1994-95, SA Schools 1995

 Profile

Makhaya Ntini has had a fair bit to contend with during his young life. A product of the United Cricket Board's development programme, Ntini was discovered at a cattleherd in the Eastern Cape, given a pair of boots and packed off to Dale College, one of the country's best regarded cricketing nurseries. With an action consciously modelled on that of Malcolm Marshall, Ntini found himself touring Australia at the end of 1997 when Roger Telemachus failed a fitness test. He made his South African one-day debut at Perth in early 1998, bowling well in helpful conditions and his Test debut came against Sri Lanka in the same year. In 1999, however, Ntini was charged and initially convicted of rape. He steadfastly maintained his innocence and was subsequently acquitted on appeal. It was, though, a harrowing ordeal for the first black African cricketer to play for South Africa and it is to his credit that he has been able to rebuild his career. He was not chosen for South Africa again until the Sharjah tournament in 2000 where he both surprised and impressed observers with greater control than had been evident previously. He carried his Sharjah form over to the three one-dayers against Australia in April this year, again bowling impressively.

Quite obviously, Ntini has bounced back from his troubles. Although he is a little short of the genuine pace of a Brett Lee or a Shoaib Akhtar, he is steadily improving and became the first South African to take ten wickets at Lord's in 2003 before devestating the West Indies in Trinidad in 2005 with 13 for 132, the best-ever match figures by a South African bowler. Finished the series against Australia at the end of 2005 with nine wickets at 29.33, including a menacing 5 for 64 in the first innings at Perth. Was forced to miss the third Test with a knee injury that restricted his bowling in the second innings at Melbourne. In the return series at home, Ntini proved a constant threat both as a wicket-taker and potential bruiser. Probing lines and a never-say-die attitude reaped him 19 wickets at 22.36 - with 6 for 100 and 4 for 78 at Johannesburg being a stand-out showing - and gave Justin Langer a warm welcome, in his 100th Test, with a first-ball clanger to the head that left him concussed. Backed up this fine series with 20 wickets in three Tests against New Zealand, and was rightfully Man-of-the-Series. Finished the 2005-06 season with 48 Test victims. In June, Ntini was awarded a benefit by Border for his ten years' service to the game. He managed just five wickets in a two-Test series in Sri Lanka in July-August but was an automatic choice for South Africa's 14-man squad for the Champions Trophy in India.


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