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Full name Jacobus Andries Rudolph
Born May 4, 1981, Springs, Transvaal
Current age 33 years 331 days
Major teams South Africa, Africa XI, Eagles, Jamaica Tallawahs, Northerns, South Africa A, Surrey, Titans, Yorkshire
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly
Relation Brother - GJ Rudolph
|Test debut||Bangladesh v South Africa at Chittagong, Apr 24-27, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v South Africa at Adelaide, Nov 22-26, 2012 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v South Africa at Dhaka, Apr 13, 2003 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v South Africa at Sydney, Feb 5, 2006 scorecard|
|Only T20I||Australia v South Africa at Brisbane, Jan 9, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Titans v Lions at Benoni, Jan 15-18, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000/01|
|Last List A||Cape Cobras v Titans at Cape Town, Feb 13, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Titans v Lions at Centurion, Apr 8, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Lancashire v Glamorgan at Manchester, Aug 1-2, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|4||Titans||v Cape Cobras||Cape Town||13 Feb 2015||LA|
|39||Titans||v Dolphins||Durban||10 Feb 2015||LA|
|7||Titans||v Dolphins||Durban||8 Feb 2015||LA|
|78, 0/2||Titans||v Warriors||Centurion||6 Feb 2015||LA|
|77||Titans||v Lions||Benoni||1 Feb 2015||LA|
|5||Titans||v Cape Cobras||Cape Town||30 Jan 2015||LA|
|119||Titans||v Knights||Kimberley||23 Jan 2015||LA|
|39||Titans||v Lions||Benoni||15 Jan 2015||FC|
|29, 11||Glamorgan||v Hampshire||Cardiff||23 Sep 2014||FC|
|9, 29||Glamorgan||v Derbyshire||Cardiff||9 Sep 2014||FC|
With an unbeaten 222 in his debut Test innings, Jacques Rudolph vindicated those who believed he had been a victim of reverse discrimination in South Africa. He overcame political obstacles to forge a sound international career, either side of a break to play county cricket.
In his first Test in Chittagong in April 2003, Rudolph shared a record-breaking, unconquered 429-run stand for the third wicket with Boeta Dippenaar. It was a delivery of promise long after he had forced his way into the South African squad in November 2001 by sheer weight of runs in domestic cricket.
A left-handed batsman who stands tall at the point of delivery with an upraised bat, Rudolph has pleasing footwork, balance and favours the cover drive. His Test debut was balm to the wounds Rudolph suffered leading up to his first entry to international cricket. Twice he was in line for his Test debut, and twice politics intervened. His first international experience came during the unofficial match at Centurion against India in 2001-02, in the aftermath of the Mike Denness affair. And two months later he was named in the side to face Australia at Sydney, but the UCB Board president Percy Sonn vetoed his selection on the grounds of racial discrimination, and Justin Ontong made his debut instead. He fought back strongly, if undemonstrably - an unbeaten 102 saved South Africa from defeat in a classic at Perth at the end of 2005, but 125 runs from six further innings, against the same opposition in a 3-0 whitewash at home, did little to boost his claims.
In January 2007, he decided to move to Yorkshire on a three-year Kolpak deal, suspending his international career with South Africa in the hope of redeveloping his game. He made 1078 runs in the County Championship at 56.73 in his first season and immediately extended his contract to the end of the 2011. In the next three seasons he made over 1000 first-class runs and it rekindled his appetite for the highest level. He left his Yorkshire deal a year early but did return as an overseas player in the second half of 2011, though he couldn't save them from relegation and signed for Surrey the following year. After a year off he returned to county cricket with a two year deal at Glamorgan and in 2014 made over 1000 Championship runs yet again.
Rudolph's first season back in South Africa was 2010-11 and was a huge success. He was the leading run-getter in the SuperSport series, scoring 954 runs in 17 innings for the Titans. His form continued into the 2011-12 season and he was rewarded with a recall to the South Africa Test squad for their home series against Australia. His second stint featured 13 Tests and a century in Dundedin but after a lean time in Australia in 2012-13 he was dropped and so ended his international career.
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
The difference between New Zealand and South Africa in Auckland was a matter of moments: fleeting minutes that laid bare the fickle beauty and cruelty of sport
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
A World Cup 2015 composite XI as selected by ESPNcricinfo staff
Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun