Full name Marchant de Lange
Born October 13, 1990, Tzaneen, Limpopo
Current age 24 years 357 days
Major teams South Africa, Easterns, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Pretoria University, South Africa Academy, Titans
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||South Africa v Sri Lanka at Durban, Dec 26-29, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington, Mar 23-27, 2012 scorecard|
|ODI debut||New Zealand v South Africa at Auckland, Mar 3, 2012 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v West Indies at Centurion, Jan 28, 2015 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v South Africa at Hamilton, Feb 19, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India v South Africa at Dharamsala, Oct 2, 2015 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Easterns v Free State at Benoni, Sep 30-Oct 2, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Titans v Knights at Centurion, Mar 26-29, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Easterns v Free State at Benoni, Oct 3, 2010 scorecard|
|Last List A||South Africa A v England Lions at Benoni, Feb 5, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Free State v Easterns at Bloemfontein, Oct 30, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||India v South Africa at Dharamsala, Oct 2, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/47||South Africa||v India||Dharamsala||2 Oct 2015||T20I # 456|
|1/25||Sth Africans||v India A||Delhi||29 Sep 2015||Other T20|
|0/30||Titans||v Lions||Pretoria||9 Sep 2015||Other OD|
|2*, 1/16||Amazon||v Red Steel||Port of Spain||25 Jul 2015||T20|
|4/23||Amazon||v Red Steel||Providence||21 Jul 2015||T20|
|1/28||Amazon||v Tridents||Providence||18 Jul 2015||T20|
|1/28||Amazon||v Zouks||Providence||17 Jul 2015||T20|
|2/17||Amazon||v Tallawahs||Kingston||12 Jul 2015||T20|
|2/44||Amazon||v Patriots||Basseterre||8 Jul 2015||T20|
|2, 0/20||Amazon||v Red Steel||Basseterre||4 Jul 2015||T20|
Marchant de Lange, a genuine quick bowler, hails from the northern town of Tzaneen and started his sporting life as a javelin thrower. He was discovered at a local academy by scouts from Northern Provincial Union and was brought to Centurion, before making his first-class debut for Easterns in the 2010-11 season.
De Lange was earmarked as one of the future generation of South African quicks and attended the national academy before being contracted by Titans. He consistently reaches speeds over 140 kph and, with his height, can extract good bounce, in a fashion similar to his franchise team-mate Morne Morkel. His unusually short run-up was cited as one of the factors that allow him to generate both pace and power.
After only 13 first-class matches, he was called up to the South Africa A squad to face the Australians in November 2011, and he impressed with five wickets in Potchefstroom. This led to his inclusion in the Test squad, and a debut against Sri Lanka in Durban on Boxing Day 2011, where he replaced an injured Vernon Philander. Two days into that Test, de Lange showed the call-up was thoroughly deserved, becoming the first South African since Lance Klusener in 1996 to take seven wickets in an innings on debut. The glory, however, did not last.
De Lange lost his place to Philander for the next match and had to wait until March 2012, when South Africa toured New Zealand for his next chance. He proved to be a handy death bowler in limited-overs cricket when he defended seven runs off the final over in the third T20 against New Zealand on the tour to ensure South Africa sealed the series. The performance gave him a chance to play in the third Test in place of an injured Jacques Kallis and de Lange had modest returns of 1 for 151.
He was noticed in the IPL 2012 auction and was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders but only played three games. Shortly after his return, he suffered a stress fracture which impacted his ability to play in the 2012-13 season. He returned with a slightly remodeled action, aimed at allowing him more stability at the crease, but had to wait until mid -2014 to play for South Africa again.
A solitary game on their limited-overs visit to Zimbabwe in August 2014 was followed by a one-off appearance on the 2015 World Cup recce trip to Australia and a sprinkling of matches against West Indies at home. De Lange lost ground to some of the younger bowlers, and missed out on the 2015 World Cup and the Bangladesh series that followed.
He found his way back, however, through the Caribbean Premier League. He took 12 wickets in 10 matches for Guyana Amazon Warriors at 22.16 and showed the kind of form and fitness that had propelled him into the international spotlight in 2011. He earned a recall to the T20 side for South Africa's 2015 India tour.
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