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Brett D'Oliveira
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Brett D'Oliveira

England|Batting allrounder
Brett D'Oliveira

Full Name

Brett Louis D'Oliveira

Born

February 28, 1992, Worcester

Age

29y 211d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Legbreak

Playing Role

Batting allrounder

relations

(grandfather),

(father),

(great-uncle),

(brother),

(brother)

TEAMS

Brett D'Oliveira is the third generation of his family to play for Worcestershire and he is aware that he has quite an act to follow. His grandfather, Basil, became one of English cricket's best-loved characters for the dignified way he dealt with his exclusion from the 1968 tour of South Africa on the insistence of the South African apartheid government. His father, Damien, followed up a 13-year professional career by becoming a central figure in developing a Worcestershire coaching set up that has ensured an above-average stream of good county professionals - Brett included.

Brett, an impish batsman and legspinner, made his Worcestershire debut the summer after the death of his grandfather and had to cope with the premature loss of his father two years later. He is showing signs, though, of being a proud extender of the D'Oliveira line. Most markedly of all, when he struck a career-best 202 against Glamorgan he added another accolade to the D'Oliveira clan - it was the first time in first-class cricket history that a grandfather, father and son had all registered first-class double-centuries

As a child, when Brett was not practicing on the New Road outfield, he was hiding in kit bags and coffins. The ground was very much a second home to him. Perhaps one of the biggest influences that Damian had was to persuade Brett to bowl legspin. He had been working closely with Terry Jenner, Shane Warne's mentor, and convinced Brett, a diminutive figure, to abandon thoughts of being a fast bowler. Brett was selected in Worcestershire's limited-overs side in 2012 as a leg-spinner. While not a big turner of the ball, he proved to have good control and has played a useful role in the white-ball game. He claimed his maiden first-class wicket in his fourth first-class match as well as scoring 44 at the end of the 2014 season.

Somewhat surprisingly promoted to open the batting at the end of 2015, he responded with several decent innings - he made between 36 and 49 in the final four innings of the season - and claimed a maiden first-class five-wicket haul against Durham. He also finished the season as the club's most economical T20 bowler. During the close season, Brett became the fourth generation of D'Oliveiras to play for the St Augustine's club in Cape Town.

The 2016 summer brought further progress. He struck three first-class hundreds: his first Championship hundred, 128 against Essex, came against the same county against which Basil notched his maiden first-class hundred.


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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
FC7813063640202*29.35667354.5481146413340
List A726211129912325.47146588.661710019310
T20105802114566924.671150126.600811737270
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
FC789564643657727/929/18250.793.3989.70120
List A726726812350573/83/841.225.2547.00000
T201058613681746504/264/2634.927.6527.30100

Recent Matches - Player

MATCHBATBOWLDATEGROUNDFORMAT
WORCS vs Leics370/421-Sep-2021WorcesterFC
WORCS vs Middlesex3 & 20/812-Sep-2021Lord'sFC
WORCS vs Kent1 & 00/1705-Sep-2021CanterburyFC
WORCS vs Sussex38 & 56*1/1130-Aug-2021WorcesterFC
WORCS vs Durham51/5110-Aug-2021WorcesterList A

Photos


Brett D'Oliveira scoops the ball leg side
Brett D'Oliveira pulls through the leg side
Brett D'Oliveira works into the leg side
Brett D'Oliveira picked up four wickets
Brett D'Oliveira played a key role in Worcestershire's victory
Brett D'Oliveira had figures of 1 for 57