Full name Rilee Roscoe Rossouw
Born October 9, 1989, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State
Current age 26 years 122 days
Major teams South Africa, Eagles, Free State, Knights, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s
Playing role Batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v South Africa at Bulawayo, Aug 21, 2014 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 6, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Australia v South Africa at Adelaide, Nov 5, 2014 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v New Zealand at Centurion, Aug 16, 2015 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Free State v Easterns at Bloemfontein, Nov 8-10, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warriors v Knights at East London, Jan 21-24, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Free State v Easterns at Bloemfontein, Nov 11, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Feb 6, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Cape Cobras v Eagles at Cape Town, Apr 11, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Titans v Knights at Benoni, Dec 6, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|11||South Africa||v England||Port Elizabeth||6 Feb 2016||ODI # 3734|
|19||South Africa||v England||Bloemfontein||3 Feb 2016||ODI # 3732|
|62||Knights||v Titans||Benoni||29 Jan 2016||LA|
|20, 43||Knights||v Warriors||East London||21 Jan 2016||FC|
|29, 4||Knights||v Lions||Kimberley||14 Jan 2016||FC|
|17, 97||Knights||v Titans||Bloemfontein||7 Jan 2016||FC|
|6, 32||Sth Africa A||v England XI||Pietermaritzburg||20 Dec 2015||FC|
|17||Knights||v Titans||Benoni||6 Dec 2015||T20|
|43||Knights||v Warriors||Bloemfontein||4 Dec 2015||T20|
|9||Knights||v Dolphins||Port Elizabeth||28 Nov 2015||T20|
Rilee Rossouw, a stylish top-order batsman with an elegant and authoritative drive, began his first-class career at No. 3 for Free State. He played for South African Schools in 2006, and made his first-class debut a year later, scoring 83 against Easterns. He was part of South Africa's Under-19 World Cup squad in 2008 but it was only when he returned home from there that he announced his potential.
In the 2008-09 season, Rossouw finished as the Eagles' highest run-getter. In the next summer, Rossouw went one better and was the leading run-scorer in the first-class competition with 1189 runs at an average of 66.05. He was also the second-highest in the one-day cup, proving that he could adjust his game to the pace of shorter formats as well.
He was rewarded with a place in the South Africa A squad which toured Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2010 but could not force his way into the national side. Even when Rossouw averaged over 40 in first-class cricket in three of the four seasons which followed - 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 - and despite regular appearance in A sides, he still could not break through to the Test team.
Instead, it was in shorter formats where he had more opportunities. Rossouw was first included in a South African squad to tour Zimbabwe in August 2014, a visit which also included a tri-series against Australia. He had a nightmarish start to international cricket and racked up four ducks in his first six innings but the South African selectors had seen evidence of his quality over seasons in the domestic game and persisted with him.
In January 2015, Rossouw scored his first international century, against West Indies, in a match in which several records were broken. Rossouw had done enough to be included in the 2015 World Cup squad as a reserve batsman. He played in five matches, including the quarter-final and semi-final as he continued to push for a regular spot in the side.
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