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Kepler Wessels      

Full name Kepler Christoffel Wessels

Born September 14, 1957, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State

Current age 57 years 104 days

Major teams Australia, South Africa, Eastern Province, Griqualand West, Northern Transvaal, Orange Free State, Queensland, Sussex, Valley District Cricket Club, Western Province

Batting style Left-hand bat

Other Coach

Relation Son - MH Wessels

Kepler Christoffel Wessels
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 40 71 3 2788 179 41.00 5998 46.48 6 15 304 3 30 0
ODIs 109 105 7 3367 107 34.35 6088 55.30 1 26 263 2 49 0
First-class 316 539 50 24738 254 50.58 66 132 268 0
List A 337 331 30 12503 146 41.53 15 90 151 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 40 6 90 42 0 - - - 2.80 - 0 0 0
ODIs 109 23 749 666 18 2/16 2/16 37.00 5.33 41.6 0 0 0
First-class 316 1416 574 13 2/25 44.15 2.43 108.9 0 0
List A 337 1321 1120 36 4/24 4/24 31.11 5.08 36.6 1 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 26-Dec 1, 1982 scorecard
Last Test England v South Africa at The Oval, Aug 18-21, 1994 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Jan 9, 1983 scorecard
Last ODI Pakistan v South Africa at Faisalabad, Oct 28, 1994 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1973-2000
List A span 1974-1999
Profile

Kepler Wessels was a cricket itinerant and boxing aficionado who, before opening for Australia for four years, played in his native South Africa, in England and in World Series Cricket. He subsequently played for an Australian rebel team in South Africa, and then became SA's first Test captain of the modern era. A fit, lean, brave and slightly ungainly left-hand bat, he made 162 on debut for Australia and averaged 56 in a series against West Indies, no mean feat then. A seemingly severe man, Wessels enjoyed only qualified popularity among Australians, who were unsurprised to see him return to South Africa, but with an average of 43 in 24 Tests, he did give Australia stout service at a difficult time. He went into coaching after retiring, and while he was initially successful at Northants, he found it hard to drive a side operating on a shoestring and he left by mutual consent midway through the 2006 season.
Greg Baum

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Feb 26, 2010

Kepler Wessels and Corrie van Zyl in discussion during South Africa's training session, Ahmedabad, February 26, 2010

Kepler Wessels and Corrie van Zyl in discussion during South Africa's training session

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Feb 13, 2010

Kepler Wessels and Graeme Smith have their fingers crossed over the latter's injury, Kolkata, February 13, 2010

Kepler Wessels and Graeme Smith have their fingers crossed over the latter's injury

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Feb 4, 2010

Kepler Wessels inspects Mark Boucher's handiwork, Nagpur, February 4, 2010

Kepler Wessels inspects Mark Boucher's handiwork

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1995

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