Full Name

Zander de Bruyn

Born

July 05, 1975, Johannesburg, Transvaal

Age

46y 24d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium

TEAMS

Zander de Bruyn is reminiscent of the late Hansie Cronje at the crease; tall and elegant, the purveyor of crunching drives, but also with a question mark over his ability against fast, short-pitched bowling. And he is a useful medium-paced bowler to boot - able to break partnerships or keep an end tight for a lengthy period. In 2003-04, he emulated the great Barry Richards, by becoming only the second player in South African domestic cricket history to score 1000 runs in a SuperSport Series or Currie Cup season.

Although he excelled at schoolboy level, de Bruyn's career never really got off the ground until he moved to Easterns in 2002, where he joined forces with their ultra-competitive coach - and newly-appointed national team mentor - Ray Jennings. That season, he played a huge role in an improbable Series victory, averaging 60 and scoring 169 in the final as Easterns overturned a first-innings deficit against the international-strength Western Province attack, and he has gone from strength to strength ever since, until earning a call-up for the Test tour of India in November 2004. Despite scoring 83 on debut, he was dropped after only two Tests. He played one more Test for South Africa in a defeat to England in 2004, the same game AB De Villiers and Dale Steyn made their Test debuts. That was enough for de Bruyn to abandon international hopes and throw his lot in with county cricket as a Kolpak. He joined Worcestershire in 2005 without much success initially before moving to Somerset in 2008 where he established himself as a valuable senior player. Surrey signed him in 2010. He announced his retirement from first-class cricket in 2014.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test3511558338.7540937.890112300
FC2424083614259266*38.3329781550
List A242217456085122*35.37637600
T2012510431218795*29.952055106.420918040230
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test332169232/322/3230.662.5572.00000
FC24220051112172857/6739.353.3570.3040
List A242546551211665/445/4430.845.6232.90320
T201257811471680624/184/1827.098.7818.50200
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Zander de Bruyn produced a superb yorker to bowl Jimmy Adams
Zander de Bruyn played a vital knock to steer Surrey home
Zafar Ansari and Zander de Bruyn embrace after victory is sealed
Zander de Bruyn added 97 for the fifth wicket with Kevin Pietersen
Zander de Bruyn progressed towards a century
Zander de Bruyn struck a quickfire 34