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Full Name

Shandre Alvida Fritz


July 21, 1985, Cape Town


38y 221d



Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium



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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Photos of Shandre Fritz

Match referee Shandre Fritz hands over the coin to Sophie Devine as Heather Knight, Lisa Sthalekar watch
Shandre Fritz celebrates her magnificent hundred
Shandre Fritz's 116 not out was the highest Women's Twenty20 International score
Shandre Fritz struck 12 fours and two sixes in her 71-ball stay
South African opener Shandre Fritz pulls the ball
Shandre Fritz powers the ball down the ground