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Full name Shandre Alvida Fritz
Born July 21, 1985, Cape Town
Current age 29 years 5 days
Major teams South Africa Women
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|ODI debut||England Women v South Africa Women at Chelmsford, Aug 13, 2003 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Pakistan Women v South Africa Women at Doha, Jan 17, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England Women v South Africa Women at Northampton, Aug 22, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20I||New Zealand Women v South Africa Women at Sylhet, Mar 31, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|6*||SA Women||v NZ Women||Sylhet||31 Mar 2014||WT20I # 264|
|-||SA Women||v Bdesh Wmn||Savar (4)||21 Mar 2014||Other T20|
|0||SA Women||v WI Women||Savar (4)||18 Mar 2014||Other T20|
|0||SA Women||v Pak Women||Doha||24 Jan 2014||WT20I # 230|
|1*||SA Women||v Pak Women||Doha||22 Jan 2014||WT20I # 229|
|-||SA Women||v Ire. Women||Doha||22 Jan 2014||WT20I # 228|
|-||SA Women||v Ire. Women||Doha||20 Jan 2014||WT20I # 226|
|2||SA Women||v Pak Women||Doha||19 Jan 2014||WT20I # 224|
|19||SA Women||v Pak Women||Doha||17 Jan 2014||WODI # 901|
|43*||SA Women||v Pak Women||Doha||15 Jan 2014||WODI # 900|
Captaining your country is the pinnacle of most players' careers. When this opportunity came to Shandre Fritz in 2007 - and at 21, similar to Graeme Smith, who was 22 when he became South Africa's captain - she was delighted. Then a freak accident robbed her of the chance.
When diving into a swimming pool in Kimberly she clipped the top of her head and felt a shooting pain down her left side; she had damaged her back, specifically, the nerves in the 6th and 7th vertebrae. She then missed the successful series against Pakistan and Netherlands.
She also missed the chance of making her Test debut when South Africa played Netherlands in a one-off Test in July 2007 and missed a chance to lead an African XI against Asia in the Afro-Asia Cup played in Bangalore later that year. Cri-zelda Brits was handed the captaincy in her absence. Fritz eventually made her comeback to the national side in February 2008 in South Africa's victorious campaign at the World Cup Qualifiers in Stellenbosch.
Since her debut in 2003, taking what remain career-best figures of 4 for 36 against England, she has quickly established herself as the premier allrounder in the side. Despite a disappointing World Cup in 2005, she remains confident the side will be much tougher by 2009. She began playing at the age of 10 and was soon singled out for her bowling. She has a top score of 48 which came in the washed out World Cup match against Ireland. She is something of a fitness fanatic and believes this is an area where South Africa can make up ground on England and Australia.
Cricinfo Staff February 2008
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