Full name Rilee Roscoe Rossouw
Born October 9, 1989, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State
Current age 29 years 252 days
Major teams South Africa, Basnahira Cricket Dundee, Eagles, Free State, Hampshire, Knights, Quetta Gladiators, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v South Africa at Bulawayo, Aug 21, 2014 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Oct 12, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Australia v South Africa at Adelaide, Nov 5, 2014 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v West Indies at Nagpur, Mar 25, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Free State v Easterns at Bloemfontein, Nov 8-10, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Essex v Hampshire at Chelmsford, Jun 16-17, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Free State v Easterns at Bloemfontein, Nov 11, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Hampshire v Somerset at Lord's, May 25, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Cape Cobras v Eagles at Cape Town, Apr 11, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Quetta Gladiators v Peshawar Zalmi at Karachi, Mar 17, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|34, 4||Hampshire||v Essex||Chelmsford||16 Jun 2019||FC|
|-||Hampshire||v Notts||Nettleworth||9 Jun 2019||FC|
|12, 54*||Hampshire||v Yorkshire||Leeds||27 May 2019||FC|
|28||Hampshire||v Somerset||Lord's||25 May 2019||LA|
|0, 76||Hampshire||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||14 May 2019||FC|
|85||Hampshire||v Lancashire||Southampton||12 May 2019||LA|
|26*||Hampshire||v Somerset||Taunton||5 May 2019||LA|
|20||Hampshire||v Sussex||Southampton||2 May 2019||LA|
|14||Hampshire||v Surrey||The Oval||30 Apr 2019||LA|
|93||Hampshire||v Essex||Chelmsford||28 Apr 2019||LA|
Rilee Rossouw, a stylish top-order batsman with an elegant and authoritative drive, proved himself as a high-impact batsman for South Africa in limited-overs formats before opting for a Kolpak deal in English county cricket at Hampshire.
Rossouw departed on the same day as his team-mate Kyle Abbott, but it was Rossouw who suffered the ire of South Africa's coach Russell Domingo, who had his four ducks in his first six ODI innings in mind when he said: "We backed him when he made five noughts", adding of his early failures: "If that had been a player of colour, everyone would have said transformation."
He first came to attention in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup, returning to play for the Eagles franchise, (later renamed Knights), where he was their highest run-getter in the 2008-09 season. In 2009-10, he went one better and was the leading run-scorer in the first-class competition with 1189 runs at an average of 66.05. In the next season, he was the second-highest run-getter in the one-day cup. He was rewarded with a place in the South Africa A squad which toured Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2010. Rossouw averaged over 40 in first-class cricket in three of the four seasons which followed - 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 - and despite regular appearances in A sides, he was still unable to break into to the Test team.
One particular tweet did not help. Like many South Africans, Rossouw, then 21, took the team's quarter-final defeat to New Zealand at the World Cup hard. His post included the word "chokers" and, although it was soon deleted, the memory stuck. It was in the shorter formats where he had more opportunities. In 2014, Rossouw picked up an IPL contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore, although playing opportunities were limited in a star-studded squad. Eventually, in August that year, he was included in a South Africa's ODI squad.
He toured Zimbabwe for a visit that also included a tri-series against Australia. He had a nightmarish start to international cricket and racked up four ducks in his first six innings. The South African selectors, though, had seen evidence of his quality over seasons in the domestic game and persisted with him. He was also included in the T20 squad for the Australia tour in November 2014, where he scored 78 in his first match in Adelaide.
In January 2015, Rossouw scored his first international century, against West Indies in Johannesburg, in a match in which several records were broken including the fastest ODI century at the time, scored by AB de Villiers. Rossouw had done enough to be included in the 2015 World Cup squad where he played in six matches, including the quarter-final and semi-final. Rossouw was also part of South Africa's 2016 World T20 squad, bagging a duck in the only match he played.
His final international appearance came in October 2016 as he hit a sensational 122 at quicker than a run a ball to secure a 5-0 ODI series-win over Australia before it was announced early in the New Year that he had signed for Hampshire on a three-year deal, one of several South Africans to take advantage of the Kolpak registration that was under long-term threat because of the UK's vote to leave the European Union.
He made an immediate impact, smashing a career-best 156 against Somerset in the Royal London One-Day Cup, but failed to make a century in the Championship before his season was curtailed when he suffered a broken finger in a T20 tie in Chelmsford. The following year that century did come against Lancashire, after emergency dental surgery as well, and a century in the Royal London Cup final against Kent at Lord's brought Hampshire another limited-overs trophy.