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Kepler Wessels
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Kepler Wessels

Australia
Kepler Wessels

INTL CAREER: 1982 - 1994

Full Name

Kepler Christoffel Wessels

Born

September 14, 1957, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State

Age

63y 244d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

relations

Other

Umpire, Referee, Coach

TEAMS

Kepler Wessels was a cricket itinerant and boxing aficionado who, before opening for Australia for four years, played in his native South Africa, in England and in World Series Cricket. He subsequently played for an Australian rebel team in South Africa, and then became SA's first Test captain of the modern era. A fit, lean, brave and slightly ungainly left-hand bat, he made 162 on debut for Australia and averaged 56 in a series against West Indies, no mean feat then. A seemingly severe man, Wessels enjoyed only qualified popularity among Australians, who were unsurprised to see him return to South Africa, but with an average of 43 in 24 Tests, he did give Australia stout service at a difficult time. He went into coaching after retiring, and while he was initially successful at Northants, he found it hard to drive a side operating on a shoestring and he left by mutual consent midway through the 2006 season.
Greg Baum

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test40713278817941.00599846.486153043300
ODI1091057336710734.35608855.301262632490
FC316539502473825450.58661322680
List A337331301250314641.5315901510
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test40690420---2.80-000
ODI10923749666182/162/1637.005.3341.60000
FC3161416574132/2544.15108.9000
List A33713211120364/244/2431.1136.60100
Umpire & Referee
FormatMatReferee
FC55
List A22
T2099
Kepler Wessels - portrait
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

Photos


Kepler Wessels and Corrie van Zyl in discussion during South Africa's training session
Kepler Wessels and Graeme Smith have their fingers crossed over the latter's injury
Kepler Wessels inspects Mark Boucher's handiwork
Kepler Wessels and Mike Procter
Kepler Wessels portrait, 2005
Kepler Wessels