2012 Review

Thami Tsolekile      

Full name Thami Lungisa Tsolekile

Born October 9, 1980, Cape Town, Cape Province

Current age 33 years 275 days

Major teams South Africa, Cape Cobras, Lions, South Africa A, Western Province

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Thami Lungisa Tsolekile
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 5 0 47 22 9.40 177 26.55 0 0 3 0 6 0
First-class 152 215 33 5420 159 29.78 5 27 477 35
List A 128 86 25 1315 68 21.55 0 3 172 20
Twenty20 62 38 14 503 52 20.95 454 110.79 0 1 44 8 36 9
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 152 - - - - - - - - - - - -
List A 128 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 62 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut India v South Africa at Kanpur, Nov 20-24, 2004 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Dec 17-21, 2004 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class debut 1999
Last First-class Warriors v Lions at Port Elizabeth, Mar 13-16, 2014 scorecard
List A debut 1998/99
Last List A Titans v Lions at Centurion, Nov 3, 2013 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Western Province Boland v Dolphins at Cape Town, Apr 7, 2004 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Titans v Lions at Benoni, Jan 26, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1c/0s, 47, 1c/0s, 0 Lions v Warriors Port Elizabeth 13 Mar 2014 FC
1c/0s, 26 Lions v Knights Johannesburg 6 Mar 2014 FC
7 Lions v Titans Johannesburg 20 Feb 2014 FC
1c/0s, 9, 4c/1s, 4 Lions v Cape Cobras Cape Town 13 Feb 2014 FC
2, 3c/0s, 12, 3c/0s South Africa v Sth Afr XI Johannesburg 4 Feb 2014 Other
4 Lions v Titans Benoni 26 Jan 2014 T20
- Lions v Knights Potchefstroom 24 Jan 2014 T20
15 Lions v Dolphins Durban 22 Jan 2014 T20
5 Lions v Warriors East London 19 Jan 2014 T20
1c/0s Lions v Titans Potchefstroom 17 Jan 2014 T20
Profile

Thami Tsolekile was a prodigy as a youngster, but he needed two goes at professional cricket. Although known as "Mara" by his friends on the dusty streets of Langa township in Cape Town, principally for his skills with a football at his feet, it was his scholarship to nearby Pinelands school which put him on a path to cricket stardom. At Pinelands, Tsolekile broke almost every existing Cape Town schoolboy cricket record, many of them set a few years previously by Jacques Kallis, and at the same time proved himself a superb hockey player. He went on to play hockey for South Africa at full international level, scoring on his debut, but concentrated on cricket as it offered the chance to make a genuine career from the sport. After making his first-class debut as a 19-year-old in 2000, he captained the South African team at the Under-19 World Cup the following year. His glovework was sound and impressed the selectors on the 2003 A tour of Australia enough to earn him elevation to the full squad for the tour of England which followed. His Test debut came against in 2004 when Mark Boucher was controversially dropped for the tour India. His top-level career lasted three matches and he was dropped following the opening Test against England and soon drifted out of the game. However, a second chance came in 2009 when he was tapped up by the Lions franchise and he quickly became consistent domestic performer. South Africa A honours followed, as did captaincy, and in 2011 he was back on the national selectors' radar. The following year, after Mark Boucher's retirement with an eye injury, he was back in the Test squad.
Neil Manthorp July 2012

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Sep 25, 2013

Thami Tsolekile loses his middle stump to James Faulkner, Lions v Rajasthan Royals, Group A, Champions League 2013, Jaipur, September 25, 2013

Thami Tsolekile loses his middle stump to James Faulkner

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Jul 26, 2013

Thami Tsolekile also enjoyed the friendly batting conditions, South Africa A v Australia A, 1st unofficial Test, Pretoria, July 26, 2013

Thami Tsolekile also enjoyed the friendly batting conditions

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Jul 26, 2013

Dean Elgar is congratulated by Thami Tsolekile, South Africa A v Australia A, 1st unofficial Test, Pretoria, July 26, 2013

Dean Elgar is congratulated by Thami Tsolekile

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