Full name Zander de Bruyn
Born July 5, 1975, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Current age 40 years 26 days
Major teams South Africa, Abahani Limited, Gauteng, Lions, Marylebone Cricket Club, Somerset, Surrey, Surrey Cricket Board, Titans, Transvaal, Warriors, Worcestershire
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|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|
|Last First-class||Cape Cobras v Lions at Cape Town, Feb 13-15, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||1995/96|
|Last List A||Gazi Tank Cricketers v Abahani Limited at Fatullah, Oct 7, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Warriors v Titans at Port Elizabeth, Apr 1, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Northamptonshire v Surrey at Birmingham, Aug 17, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/42, 20, 0||Lions||v Cape Cobras||Cape Town||13 Feb 2014||FC|
|4/55, 30, 0/50, 0||Lions||v Dolphins||Potchefstroom||19 Dec 2013||FC|
|23, 2/30, 7||Lions||v Knights||Kimberley||5 Dec 2013||FC|
|1/44, 8*, 0/2||Lions||v Warriors||Potchefstroom||28 Nov 2013||FC|
|12, 2/47, 5||Lions||v Titans||Centurion||21 Nov 2013||FC|
|2/39, 15||Abahani Ltd||v Gazi Tank||Fatullah||7 Oct 2013||LA|
|30, 1/42, 10||Surrey||v Somerset||Taunton||11 Sep 2013||FC|
|0/22, 16, 6||Surrey||v Middlesex||The Oval||3 Sep 2013||FC|
|0/19, 40, 0/6, 31||Surrey||v Derbyshire||The Oval||29 Aug 2013||FC|
|1/56, 7||Surrey||v Durham||Chester-le-Street||26 Aug 2013||LA|
Zander de Bruyn is reminiscent of the late Hansie Cronje at the crease; tall and elegant, the purveyor of crunching drives, but also with a question mark over his ability against fast, short-pitched bowling. And he is a useful medium-paced bowler to boot - able to break partnerships or keep an end tight for a lengthy period. In 2003-04, he emulated the great Barry Richards, by becoming only the second player in South African domestic cricket history to score 1000 runs in a SuperSport Series or Currie Cup season.
Although he excelled at schoolboy level, de Bruyn's career never really got off the ground until he moved to Easterns in 2002, where he joined forces with their ultra-competitive coach - and newly-appointed national team mentor - Ray Jennings. That season, he played a huge role in an improbable Series victory, averaging 60 and scoring 169 in the final as Easterns overturned a first-innings deficit against the international-strength Western Province attack, and he has gone from strength to strength ever since, until earning a call-up for the Test tour of India in November 2004. Despite scoring 83 on debut, he was dropped after only two Tests. He played one more Test for South Africa in a defeat to England in 2004, the same game AB De Villiers and Dale Steyn made their Test debuts. That was enough for de Bruyn to abandon international hopes and throw his lot in with county cricket as a Kolpak. He joined Worcestershire in 2005 without much success initially before moving to Somerset in 2008 where he established himself as a valuable senior player. Surrey signed him in 2010. He announced his retirement from first-class cricket in 2014.
Education: Hoerskool Helpmekaar, Hoerskool Randburg
Junior Representative Cricket: Tvl Nuff 1991-94, SA Schools 1994
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