Full name Ruel Marlon Ricardo Brathwaite
Born September 6, 1985, Barbados
Current age 34 years 45 days
Major teams West Indians, Cambridge MCCU, Combined Campuses and Colleges, Durham, Durham 2nd XI, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Loughborough Marylebone Cricket Club University (England), Marylebone Cricket Club, Surrey 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Education Dulwich College; Loughborough University
|First-class debut||Essex v Loughborough UCCE at Chelmsford, Apr 15-17, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Hampshire v Essex at Southampton, Sep 24-26, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||England Lions v West Indians at Worcester, Jun 21, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Hampshire v Sri Lanka A at Southampton, Aug 14, 2014 scorecard|
|Only T20s||Combined Campuses and Colleges v Guyana at Bridgetown, Jul 25, 2010 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/4||Hampshire||v Sri Lanka A||Southampton||14 Aug 2014||LA|
|1/34, 6, 3/23||Hants 2nd XI||v Smrst 2nd XI||Taunton||11 Aug 2014||Other|
|32*, 4/91, 15||Hants 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Radlett||5 Aug 2014||Other|
|6, 3/20, 0/11||Hants 2nd XI||v MCC Uni||Southampton||15 Jul 2014||Other|
|2/52, 7||Hants 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Southampton||24 Jun 2014||Other|
|2/41||Hants 2nd XI||v Glouc 2nd XI||Southampton||23 Jun 2014||Other OD|
|98, 0/34, 1/69||Hants 2nd XI||v Surr 2nd XI||Southampton||10 Jun 2014||Other|
|9, 2/19||Hants 2nd XI||v Smrst 2nd XI||Arundel||5 Jun 2014||Other T20|
|0, 1/44||Hants 2nd XI||v Sussx 2nd XI||Eastbourne||29 May 2014||Other OD|
|0/74, 5||Hants 2nd XI||v Sussx 2nd XI||Eastbourne||26 May 2014||Other|
Ruel Brathwaite is a tall, talented and tenacious fast bowler who has the determination to succeed that is so often lacking in the new generation of Caribbean cricketers. He hails from Barbados where he has represented the island at Under-15 and Under-19 levels and played one game for the full side against the West Indies at the age of 20.
He was spotted by the former Sussex and England batsman Bill Athey who brought him over to the UK to study at Dulwich and then went on to Loughborough where worked with Graham Dilley, the former England bowling coach. Dilley described him as "something of a cult hero on campus" and "one of the nicest men you could meet". More importantly, his natural ability impressed and his opening spells contributed much to Loughborough winning the British Universities Championship in 2007.
He also netted with the West Indies during their tour of England that summer and played for Surrey's second XI. He did enough to grab the attention of several counties, but remained largely a club and University cricketer. Brathwaite has asserted his dedication to the West Indies cause and vowed that he would return to Barbados after completing his studies, much to the relief of the Barbados Cricket Association. He popped up on West Indies' radar during Zimbabwe's tour in early 2010, playing for the University of West Indies Vice-Chancellor's XI, but returned to England for a summer of club cricket. Towards the end of the season, he found his way into Durham's squad and in October of that year signed a two-year contract with them.
The following year, he was an early-season regular in their Championship side, finishing the season with 26 wickets at 25.23, twice taking five in an innings. Early in 2012 he qualified to play as an English player but was used only sparingly, making only one Championship appearance. In 2013 he went on trial at Hampshire and played the final three matches of the season, taking six wickets.