Full name Nolubabalo Ndzundzu
Born December 21, 1977, King William's Town, Cape Province
Current age 38 years 131 days
Major teams Border Women, South Africa Women
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Only Test||England Women v South Africa Women at Taunton, Aug 20-22, 2003 scorecard|
|ODI debut||England Women v South Africa Women at Worcester, Jul 1, 2000 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa Women v Sri Lanka Women at Pretoria, Apr 1, 2005 scorecard|
Nolu Ndzundzu was born in the village of Masingata and spent her youth playing alongside her brothers and the boys of the area. From there she made great strides, and first played for South Africa in 1999, and had been a regular member of the side ever since. She toured England in 2000 and participated in the World Cup in New Zealand in the same year, helping her side to a semi-final place. She succumbed to a back injury during India's tour of 2002, but was back in the side for their next series - against England in 2003. She kept her place when the two sides met again a year later, this time on home soil.
Originally known only for her economical right-arm medium pace, Ndzundzu made giant leaps with her batting and now commands a No 3 or No 4 spot for Border, her provincial side. A consistent and reliable performer, Ndzundzu's call-up for her second World Cup, in South Africa in March 2005, was hardly in doubt.
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