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Jonty Rhodes
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Jonty Rhodes

South Africa
Jonty Rhodes

INTL CAREER: 1992 - 2003

Full Name

Jonathan Neil Rhodes

Born

July 27, 1969, Pietermaritzberg, Natal

Age

51y 265d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

TEAMS

The Jonty Rhodes legend may have begun with the diving run-out of Inzamam-ul-Haq during the 1992 World Cup but it would never have grown as it did without genuine substance. Rhodes worked harder than anyone else in a team of hard workers, frequently delaying the team bus at the end of practice for one more round of reflex catches hit from ten metres or less. Nobody has ever fielded better in the key one-day position of backward point, where he leapt like a salmon, threw off balance, and stopped singles by reputation alone. He laboured just as hard over his batting which needed, and underwent, a complete technical overhaul in 1997 - whereupon he averaged 50 for the rest of his Test career, until he gave it up to concentrate on one-day cricket in 2000. The problem was a tendency to bring the bat down from gully and through to midwicket, a legacy of the extraordinary hockey skills that brought him selection for the Olympic Games in 1996 - an offer he had to refuse. Few batsmen have turned the quick single into a finer art form, and his willingness to experiment and adapt enabled him to lead the way with the reverse-sweep under Bob Woolmer's tutelage. But Rhodes was just as likely to delay the bus by relentlessly signing autographs for gaggles of persistent children; the arrival of his own, a daughter, was instrumental in his semi-retirement. Indeed, Rhodes may have become the first cricketer to claim paternity leave. Rightly, there is give and take in Rhodes's life. He has more endorsements than any team-sport player in South Africa's history, is at the forefront of the sporting dotcom revolution, and is constantly exploring the boundaries and horizons of commerce. His final retirement was hastened by an inopportune finger-fracture early in the 2003 World Cup, although there was still time for a successful farewell season in county cricket for Gloucestershire. Neil Manthorp

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test52809253211735.66546746.3131725622340
ODI24522051593512135.11733680.90233392471050
FC16426331954617241.1422521270
List A37133968890712132.862511580
T2065049429.805294.23003110
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test5221250---2.50-000
ODI24521440---1.71-000
FC1641628311/1383.003.07162.0000
List A371804521/21/222.503.3740.00000
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Photos


Jonty Rhodes gives the camera a thumbs up
Anil Kumble and Jimmy Neesham walk past as Jonty Rhodes goofs around for the camera
Jonty Rhodes will join Sweden as their head coach in November
Jonty Rhodes, Virender Sehwag, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Brett Lee pose at an event to promote the Road Safety World Series T20 cricket league
Brian Lara, Jonty Rhodes and Sachin Tendulkar at an event to promote the Road Safety World Series T20 cricket league
Jonty Rhodes at a training camp