Full Name

Marchant de Lange

Born

October 13, 1990, Tzaneen, Limpopo

Age

31y 54d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast

Playing Role

Bowler

TEAMS

Marchant de Lange, a tall fast bowler whose childhood passion of javelin influenced his bowling, burst onto the international scene when he took 7 for 81 in the first innings of his Test debut for South Africa, against Sri Lanka in 2011. But he failed to hit those heights as regularly as he would have liked in a brief international career, playing only one more Test and a handful of limited-overs games stretched across a five-year period and decided to call it quits in 2017, using his wife's British passport to sign for Glamorgan as a local player at the age of 26.

De Lange hails from Tzaneen in the northern-most Limpopo province and was discovered at a local academy by scouts from Northern Provincial Union. He moved to Centurion and made his first-class debut for Easterns in the 2010-11 season. He attended the national academy before being contracted by Titans.

After 13 first-class matches, he was called up to the South Africa A squad to face the touring Australians in November 2011, and he impressed with five wickets in Potchefstroom. This led to his inclusion in the Test squad, and an injury to Vernon Philander meant he was thrown into the side as a 21-year-old. Despite his success on debut, he was expensive in his second Test, and was overtaken in the pecking order by Kyle Abbott.

De Lange had more success in limited-overs cricket and proved to be a handy death bowler. He defended seven runs off the final over in the third T20 against New Zealand in 2012 to ensure South Africa sealed the series. That year, de Lange was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for the IPL but only played three games. Shortly after the tournament, he suffered a stress fracture that impacted his ability to play in the 2012-13 season.

His rehabilitation included remodeling his action to ensure more stability at the crease but had to wait until mid-2014 to show it at international level again. A solitary game on the limited-overs visit to Zimbabwe in August 2014 was followed by a one-off appearance on the 2015 World Cup recce trip to Australia and a sprinkling of matches against West Indies at home. De Lange lost ground to some of the younger bowlers, and missed out on the 2015 World Cup, and leaked runs in what proved to be his final ODI, against England in early 2016.

He remained a regular on the T20 circuit, with stints at Guyana Amazon Warriors, Barbados Tridents and Mumbai Indians, and decided in early 2017 to take the plunge and sign a three-year deal at Glamorgan. He made an immediate impact, with strong returns in all formats, but shone particularly in the T20 Blast campaign, taking 18 wickets as the club reached Finals Day.

He missed much of the 2018 summer with a hamstring injury, but was successful again a year later, earning him deals in the Abu Dhabi T10 and in the inaugural season of the Hundred. He remains capable of hitting speeds of 90mph/145kph, and retains a penchant for clubbing boundaries, as he proved with a 35-ball 58* against Surrey in early 2019.

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Career Averages

Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test2444827797/818/12630.773.7049.7010
ODI44209198104/464/4619.805.6820.9100
T20I6614022872/262/2632.579.7720.0000
FC9516717105100713347/2311/6230.153.5351.216112
List A9895479244261705/495/4926.035.5428.1840
T20122118238534141415/205/2024.218.5816.9310
Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test220994.501947.36002010
ODI4-----------00
T20I6-----------10
FC9512817187811316.91233580.421519088400
List A98691977658*15.52717108.22025638250
T20122502134028*11.72254133.85003014280
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Marchant de Lange bowled another fiery spell
Marchant de Lange ripped through the middle order
Marchant de Lange struck early on
Marchant de Lange celebrates his maiden first-class hundred
Marchant de Lange in his follow through
Marchant de Lange celebrates with his team mates