County news September 18, 2013

Glamorgan sign South African Rudolph

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jacques Rudolph, the South Africa batsman, has signed a two-year deal with Glamorgan, subject to receiving clearance from Cricket South Africa.

Rudolph is highly experienced in international and county cricket and is set to replace Marcus North as Glamorgan's overseas player for 2014 and 2015. The deal provides a solid foundation for Glamorgan's new head coach, set to be appointed in the close season.

Rudolph has scored 2,622 runs at 35.43 in 48 Tests and over 16,000 first-class runs, many of them in the County Championship for Yorkshire, where he played from 2007 to 2011. He spent time last season playing for Surrey.

Cricket South Africa still need to ratify the deal but South Africa have a very little cricket scheduled on the future tours programme for the 2014 and 2015 British summers: two tests, three ODIs and a T20 against Zimbabwe pencilled in for August 2014, the same matches in Bangladesh a year later and three Tests in Sri Lanka in May 2015.

The future tours programme is of course subject to change but prima facie, Rudolph should be available for most of the next two British seasons.

Hugh Morris, who will shortly join Glamorgan as chief executive and director of cricket, said: "Signing a player of Jacques Rudolph's undoubted capabilities and experience is a great boost ahead of the new season.

"With an increasingly heavy first-class schedule it will be a huge advantage to have a world-class opening batsman available to us. I look forward to welcoming Jacques to Glamorgan."

Rudolph added: "I'm delighted to be joining Glamorgan on a two-year deal. I enjoyed my time playing for Yorkshire so I'm looking forward to the challenge at Glamorgan and hopefully enjoying similar success."

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  • David on September 19, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    @MB40: Would be delighted to see Buttler joining us but can't imagine he'd even consider Glamorgan :-( Also, he wants to keep wicket on a regular basis and I can't see Glam dumping Wallace just yet - even though his glove-work isn't brilliant. He has improved his batting and he is also Captain (though a rather limited one). The pitches at Cardiff don't help batsmen either, especially attacking ones, which would also put Buttler off. The Eng v Aus pitch was an exception, though still not brilliant. Most pitches at Cardiff encourage 'paint-drying' cricket. 2 runs an over and get to 250!

  • Cliffontong on September 19, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    Well if Rudolph is batting all the opposition needs is a part time right hand off spinner, job done.

  • Matthew on September 19, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    @davidge just a thought: Glamorgan is one of the counties nearer Somerset - perhaps Jos Buttler could fill the #4/wk spot? He wants to leave after all.

    England would probably want to have him in div 1, but there are plenty of good wicketkeepers in div 1, and then he'd be in the same second choice situation he is in at present.

    He usually bats at 6, but moves to 5 when Kieswetter is away. I see no reason why he couldn't become a solid 4, he has the ability to make first-class centuries, and even if he was pigeonholed as a big-hitting, KP-esque star batsman at first, Glamorgan have enough experience and maturity to mold him into a very classy first-class/Test prospect batsman.

  • David on September 18, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    A very sensible signing. We (Glamorgan) need an opener badly. Hopefully, Gareth Rees can get his act together again to open with Rudolph. Goodwin at 3 and Allenby at 5 or 6 are very dependable. Cooke could make a decent 5 or 6 - or even replace Wallace as keeper at 7. We also have Wright for the 1-day games. Now we need another decent batsman to bat at 4 - or even 2 batsmen to give more options.. Anyone available?

    The bowling is stronger. Hogan at 11 is excellent. Glover or Reed at 10 as second seamer. Salter looks a good bet for a young off-spinner. Smith and Alex Jones could be brought on next year as back-up and there is also Wagg. We could do with a second spinner to gradually replace Cosker. Not sure if Waters' injury problems will prevent him from becoming the second seamer he could otherwise be?

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