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Full name Mattheus Hendrik Wessels
Born November 12, 1985, Australia
Current age 29 years 136 days
Major teams Abahani Limited, Khulna Royal Bengals, Marylebone Cricket Club, Mid West Rhinos, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Height 5 ft 11 in
Relation Father - KC Wessels
|First-class debut||Marylebone Cricket Club v West Indians at Arundel, Jul 13-15, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Nottinghamshire v Sussex at Nottingham, Sep 15-18, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Denmark v Northamptonshire at Brondby, May 3, 2005 scorecard|
|Last List A||Durham v Nottinghamshire at Chester-le-Street, Sep 6, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire at Milton Keynes, Jun 22, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers at Canberra, Jan 28, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|-||Notts||v Comb C&C||Cave Hill||15 Mar 2015||Other T20|
|59*||Notts||v Northants||Cave Hill||15 Mar 2015||Other T20|
|45||Notts||v Warwickshire||Cave Hill||14 Mar 2015||Other T20|
|2||Syd Sixers||v Scorchers||Canberra||28 Jan 2015||T20|
|24||Syd Sixers||v Strikers||Adelaide||24 Jan 2015||T20|
|30||Syd Sixers||v Syd Thunder||Sydney||22 Jan 2015||T20|
|15||Syd Sixers||v Strikers||Sydney||14 Jan 2015||T20|
|28||Syd Sixers||v Heat||Brisbane||11 Jan 2015||T20|
|6||Syd Sixers||v Melb Stars||Melbourne||5 Jan 2015||T20|
|28||Syd Sixers||v Scorchers||Sydney||29 Dec 2014||T20|
Riki Wessels, a batsman-wicketkeeper, is the son of the former Australia and South Africa player and former Northants coach Kepler Wessels.
Although Riki was born in Australia, he grew up in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, due to his father playing for the South Africa cricket team, having previously played for Australia when South Africa were banned from Test Cricket.
Cricket was not quite an automatic choice for Riki - he dabbled in hockey - but at 18 he made the decision to head for the UK. Unsurprisingly, Wessels began his county career at Northants, identifying himself as a player of promise after scoring a maiden first-class century in 2005 against Somerset.
Wessels had to be released by Northants at the end of 2009 when the ECB criteria on Kolpak qualification was tightened. He moved to Zimbabwe to play for the Mid West Rhinos, but was pursued by Nottinghamshire, who wanted a back-up wicketkeeper for Chris Read who could also add to their batting resources. Controversially, they exploited a loophole that enabled Wessels to join the county on an Entrepreneur Visa in April 2011. The rules were altered specifically to exclude sportsmen shortly afterwards.
After modest first-class returns in 2011, when he averaged 20.21 from 10 matches, he enjoyed a much more successful 2012 season, particularly in first-class cricket, where he began in the middle order but later established himself as an opener. His aggregate of 905 runs was his biggest in England, as was his average of 45.25. His three first-class centuries included a career-best 199 against Sussex at Hove.
Although unable to match such standards the following year as Notts' perennial issues with their opening batting spots looked no closer to a solution, he bounced back in impressive style in 2014, being named as Nottinghamshire's player of the year after scoring 1,667 runs across all formats and passed 1,000 Championship runs for the first time.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
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
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.