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Full name Cri-zelda Brits
Born November 20, 1983, Rustenburg, Transvaal
Current age 31 years 128 days
Major teams Africa Women XI, Gauteng Women, South Africa Women
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|Test debut||South Africa Women v India Women at Paarl, Mar 19-22, 2002 scorecard|
|Last Test||Netherlands Women v South Africa Women at Rotterdam, Jul 28-31, 2007 scorecard|
|ODI debut||South Africa Women v India Women at Johannesburg, Mar 7, 2002 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa Women v Sri Lanka Women at Cuttack, Feb 15, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand Women v South Africa Women at Taunton, Aug 10, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||West Indies Women v South Africa Women at Gros Islet, Jan 20, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|12||Gauteng Wmn||v WPR Women||Johannesburg||13 Apr 2013||Other OD|
|4||SA Women||v SL Women||Cuttack||15 Feb 2013||WODI # 868|
|52||SA Women||v SL Women||Cuttack||13 Feb 2013||WODI # 865|
|4||SA Women||v Eng Women||Cuttack||10 Feb 2013||WODI # 862|
|44||SA Women||v WI Women||Cuttack||8 Feb 2013||WODI # 860|
|0||SA Women||v Pak Women||Cuttack||5 Feb 2013||WODI # 855|
|6||SA Women||v Aus Women||Cuttack||3 Feb 2013||WODI # 849|
|23||SA Women||v NZ Women||Cuttack||1 Feb 2013||WODI # 848|
|10, 1/12||SA Women||v SL Women||Mumbai||29 Jan 2013||Other OD|
|0||SA Women||v Eng Women||Mumbai (BS)||28 Jan 2013||Other OD|
Cri-Zelda Brits completed a rapid rise to the top of women's cricket in South Africa when she was named as stand-in captain for the injured Shandre Fritz for the 2007 one-day series at home to Pakistan. She led the side to a 4-0 series win and her own form flourished, scoring two fifties. She followed this by captaining the side to a 3-0 series whitewash against the Netherlands as well as winning the first ever Test between the two sides by 159 runs, following a bold declaration in their second innings.
The journey began for her when she was an 11-year-old playing in boys' teams, and by the time she was 14 she was keeping wicket for the SA Under-21s against England. She broke into the full side in 2002.
By the time her home nation came round to hosting the World Cup in 2005 she was opening both the batting and the bowling. In what was a disappointing tournament for the hosts she was the team's top scorer by some distance, with an aggregate of 206, and second-highest wicket-taker, with five. The stand-out performance came against the West Indies when she struck 72 and took what remain career-best figures of 4/37 in a thrilling one run victory.
She still harbours hopes of the game in South Africa catching up with that of their English and Australian counterparts and believes that turning semi-professional is the best way to spread the game further.
Among those she admires most are England's Charlotte Edwards, who she has played with at Kent, as well as Ricky Ponting, for the way he plays the game. Away from representing her country she also coaches the Northwest women's team, based in Potchefstroom, and runs her own academy.
She has also played indoor cricket, which she says is a useful way of aiding her shot selection and quick thinking.
In February 2008, South Africa, led by Brits, qualified for the World Cup in 2009 when they won the World Cup Qualifiers in Stellenbosch. Brits got her maiden ODI hundred in the tournament in South Africa's 227-run win over Netherlands. But the selectors named Sunette Loubser as captain for the World Cup to allow Brits to concentrate on her own performance. In 2011 she stepped away from the cricket for a year to concentrate on her off-field career.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.