Dane James Vilas
June 10, 1985, Johannesburg, Transvaal
Right hand Bat
King Edward VII Prep, King Edward VII School
Wicketkeeper-batter Dane Vilas made his Test debut for South Africa against Bangladesh in 2015, but his international career was brief as he opted for a Kolpak deal with Lancashire two years later.
He made his international debut in a T20I against India in 2012 - the only limited-overs match he played for South Africa - shortly afterwards losing his place to the captain, AB de Villiers, who took over the gloves.
Vilas' debut Test, in Mirpur, was mostly washed out, but he toured India for four Tests later that year, and replaced an injured Quinton de Kock at the last minute for the Wanderers Test against England in January 2016, arriving 45 minutes after the start of the match, having flown from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg.
Vilas proved to be an excellent acquisition for Lancashire, whom he captained from the 2018 season onwards. He was also one of their few batting mainstays in that relegation season, scoring 235 not out against Somerset and sharing a tremendous recovery stand with Josh Bohannan to salvage an unlikely victory against Worcestershire. Next season he plundered 266 off 240 balls in an innings win over Glamorgan.
Vilas first gained attention when he played fast bowler Allan Donald in the 2008 film Hansie, about the life of the disgraced former South African cricket captain Cronje. The producers wanted to add authenticity to on-field scenes by using real cricketers - though not, in this case, real fast bowlers.
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