Thami Tsolekile      

Full name Thami Lungisa Tsolekile

Born October 9, 1980, Cape Town, Cape Province

Current age 34 years 14 days

Major teams South Africa, Cape Cobras, Lions, South Africa A, Western Province

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Relation Cousin - Z Pongolo

Thami Lungisa Tsolekile
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 5 0 47 22 9.40 177 26.55 0 0 3 0 6 0
First-class 154 219 34 5666 159 30.62 6 28 477 35
List A 132 89 26 1373 68 21.79 0 4 174 20
Twenty20 62 38 14 503 52 20.95 454 110.79 0 1 44 8 36 9
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 3 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 154 - - - - - - - - - - - -
List A 132 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Twenty20 62 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut India v South Africa at Kanpur, Nov 20-24, 2004 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v England at Port Elizabeth, Dec 17-21, 2004 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class debut 1999
Last First-class Lions v Knights at Potchefstroom, Oct 2-5, 2014 scorecard
List A debut 1998/99
Last List A Cape Cobras v Lions at Paarl, Oct 19, 2014 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Western Province Boland v Dolphins at Cape Town, Apr 7, 2004 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Titans v Lions at Benoni, Jan 26, 2014 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0c/0s, 2 Lions v Cape Cobras Paarl 19 Oct 2014 LA
5, 2c/0s Lions v Titans Johannesburg 17 Oct 2014 LA
0c/0s Lions v Dolphins Durban 15 Oct 2014 LA
51* Lions v Warriors Potchefstroom 12 Oct 2014 LA
113, 56 Lions v Knights Potchefstroom 2 Oct 2014 FC
31, 46* Lions v Titans Johannesburg 25 Sep 2014 FC
1c/0s, 47, 1c/0s, 0 Lions v Warriors Port Elizabeth 13 Mar 2014 FC
1c/0s, 26 Lions v Knights Johannesburg 6 Mar 2014 FC
7 Lions v Titans Johannesburg 20 Feb 2014 FC
1c/0s, 9, 4c/1s, 4 Lions v Cape Cobras Cape Town 13 Feb 2014 FC
Profile

Thami Tsolekile was a prodigy as a youngster, but he needed two goes at professional cricket. Although known as "Mara" by his friends on the dusty streets of Langa township in Cape Town, principally for his skills with a football at his feet, it was his scholarship to nearby Pinelands school which put him on a path to cricket stardom. At Pinelands, Tsolekile broke almost every existing Cape Town schoolboy cricket record, many of them set a few years previously by Jacques Kallis, and at the same time proved himself a superb hockey player. He went on to play hockey for South Africa at full international level, scoring on his debut, but concentrated on cricket as it offered the chance to make a genuine career from the sport. After making his first-class debut as a 19-year-old in 2000, he captained the South African team at the Under-19 World Cup the following year. His glovework was sound and impressed the selectors on the 2003 A tour of Australia enough to earn him elevation to the full squad for the tour of England which followed. His Test debut came against in 2004 when Mark Boucher was controversially dropped for the tour India. His top-level career lasted three matches and he was dropped following the opening Test against England and soon drifted out of the game. However, a second chance came in 2009 when he was tapped up by the Lions franchise and he quickly became consistent domestic performer. South Africa A honours followed, as did captaincy, and in 2011 he was back on the national selectors' radar. The following year, after Mark Boucher's retirement with an eye injury, he was back in the Test squad.
Neil Manthorp July 2012

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Sep 25, 2013

Thami Tsolekile loses his middle stump to James Faulkner, Lions v Rajasthan Royals, Group A, Champions League 2013, Jaipur, September 25, 2013

Thami Tsolekile loses his middle stump to James Faulkner

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Jul 26, 2013

Thami Tsolekile also enjoyed the friendly batting conditions, South Africa A v Australia A, 1st unofficial Test, Pretoria, July 26, 2013

Thami Tsolekile also enjoyed the friendly batting conditions

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Jul 26, 2013

Dean Elgar is congratulated by Thami Tsolekile, South Africa A v Australia A, 1st unofficial Test, Pretoria, July 26, 2013

Dean Elgar is congratulated by Thami Tsolekile

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Country Fixtures Country Results
1st T20I: SL Women v SA Women at Colombo (Colts)
Oct 23, 2014 (10:00 local | 04:30 GMT | 00:30 EDT | 23:30 CDT | 21:30 PDT)
Pool B: Easterns v Boland at Benoni
Oct 23-25, 2014 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 04:00 EDT | 03:00 CDT | 01:00 PDT)
Cross Pool: Namibia v North West at Windhoek
Oct 23-25, 2014 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 04:00 EDT | 03:00 CDT | 01:00 PDT)
Pool A: S West D v W Province at Oudtshoorn
Oct 23-25, 2014 (10:00 local | 08:00 GMT | 04:00 EDT | 03:00 CDT | 01:00 PDT)
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