Full name Jon-Jon Trevor Smuts
Born September 21, 1988, Grahamstown, Cape Province
Current age 28 years 121 days
Major teams Eastern Province, South Africa Under-19s, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Warriors
Playing role Batting allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Relation Brother - KR Smuts
|First-class debut||Eastern Province v KwaZulu-Natal at Port Elizabeth, Feb 15-17, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||KwaZulu-Natal v Eastern Province at Durban, Jan 12-14, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Eastern Province v Border at Port Elizabeth, Nov 11, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||KwaZulu-Natal v Eastern Province at Durban, Jan 15, 2017 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Warriors v Zimbabwe at Port Elizabeth, Mar 25, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Titans v Warriors at Centurion, Dec 16, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/44, 24||E. Province||v KZ-Natal||Durban||15 Jan 2017||LA|
|0/40, 7||E. Province||v KZ-Natal||Durban||12 Jan 2017||FC|
|1/46, 10||E. Province||v Border||Port Elizabeth||8 Jan 2017||LA|
|10, 1/50, 0||E. Province||v Border||Port Elizabeth||5 Jan 2017||FC|
|0/16, 16||Warriors||v Titans||Centurion||16 Dec 2016||T20|
|1/17, 11||Warriors||v Lions||Port Elizabeth||13 Dec 2016||T20|
|0/24, 21||Warriors||v Titans||East London||11 Dec 2016||T20|
|0/23, 107*||Warriors||v Dolphins||East London||7 Dec 2016||T20|
|1/25, 1||Warriors||v Lions||Durban||4 Dec 2016||T20|
|0/15, 33||Warriors||v Titans||Centurion||2 Dec 2016||T20|
So good they named him twice? Perhaps not yet, but Jon-Jon Smuts is an aggressive, clean-hitting opening batsman who has made a name as one of the most entertaining cricketers to watch in shorter formats. He has been a cricketer since he could see over the top of a pair of pads at the age of six, he is unusual in that he opens the batting in all three formats, and he is no mean left-arm spinner. Smuts was part of the South African squad that reached the semi-finals of the Under-19 World Cup against Pakistan in Sri Lanka in 2007-08. In fact, it was Smuts' 58 - which earned him Man-of-the-Match honours - that put the South Africans in the final, which they lost to India. Smuts was also in the South African squad that won the 2010 Emerging Players Tournament in Australia.
But it took Smuts several seasons before he was able to break through at the highest level. Despite finishing fifth in the first-class competition's batting charts in the 2011-12 season, when he averaged 43.64, Smuts positioned himself more as a limited-overs cricketer. He was third among run-scorers in the 2014-15 season's one-day cup, scoring 592 runs at 59.20 with six fifties to his name. His reputation for big hitting earned him a CPL contract in 2016. Smuts finished as the leading run-scorer in South Africa's domestic T20 competition in the 2016-17 season and was finally selected in South Africa's T20 squad to play Sri Lanka in three matches in January 2017.
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