Full name Dane James Vilas
Born June 10, 1985, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Current age 33 years 136 days
Major teams South Africa, Cape Cobras, Gauteng, Lancashire, Lions, South Africa A, South Africa XI, South Western Districts
Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Education King Edward VII Prep, King Edward VII School
|Test debut||Bangladesh v South Africa at Dhaka, Jul 30-Aug 3, 2015 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v England at Johannesburg, Jan 14-16, 2016 scorecard|
|Only T20I||South Africa v India at Johannesburg, Mar 30, 2012 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Free State v Gauteng at Bloemfontein, Oct 12-14, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Knights v Dolphins at Kimberley, Oct 8-10, 2018 scorecard|
|List A debut||Free State v Gauteng at Bloemfontein, Oct 15, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Lancashire v Yorkshire at Manchester, Jun 5, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Lions v Eagles at Johannesburg, Jan 25, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Worcestershire v Lancashire at Birmingham, Sep 15, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|38, 3c/0s, 6, 0c/0s||Dolphins||v Knights||Kimberley||8 Oct 2018||FC|
|27||Lancashire||v Hampshire||Southampton||24 Sep 2018||FC|
|13||Lancashire||v Worcs||Birmingham||15 Sep 2018||T20|
|4c/0s, 0, 2c/0s, 10||Lancashire||v Yorkshire||Leeds||10 Sep 2018||FC|
|11, 1c/1s, 0, 0c/2s||Lancashire||v Somerset||Taunton||4 Sep 2018||FC|
|5c/0s, 18, 3c/0s, 107*||Lancashire||v Worcs||Southport||29 Aug 2018||FC|
|30*||Lancashire||v Kent||Canterbury||23 Aug 2018||T20|
|61, 3||Lancashire||v Surrey||The Oval||19 Aug 2018||FC|
|5, 0c/1s||Lancashire||v Bears||Birmingham||15 Aug 2018||T20|
|16, 3c/1s||Lancashire||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||12 Aug 2018||T20|
Dane Vilas made his Test debut for South Africa against Bangladesh in 2015, but his international career was brief. He signed a Kolpak deal with Lancashire before the 2017 season and committed himself to English county cricket.
Vilas made his international debut in a T20I against India. He then went to a triangular tournament between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, but lost his place to the limited-overs captain AB de Villiers, who took over the gloves.
He made his Test debut against Bangladesh in Mirpur, but there was scant satisfaction to be had as four days were washed out, and the series was drawn at 0-0. He was a late replacement for Quinton de Kock in the third Test against England at The Wanderers, after de Kock suffered an injury before play. Vilas arrived 45 minutes after the start of the match, after flying from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg.
Vilas proved to be an excellent acquisition for Lancashire. He was one of the few batting mainstays in their relegation season in 2018, hitting the fourth double century of his career - his 235 not out against Somerset was only four short of his career best - and also shared a tremendous recovery stand with Josh Bohannan which salvaged an unlikely victory against Worcestershire at Southport.
Interestingly, Vilas first gained attention as a fast bowler. He appeared in the 2008 film Hansie, about the life of the disgraced former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje. He was cast as fast bowler Allan Donald by the producers, who wanted to add authenticity to on-field scenes by using real cricketers, if not in this case real fast bowlers.