Full name George Fredrik Linde
Born December 4, 1991, Cape Town
Current age 28 years 244 days
Major teams South Africa, Cape Cobras, Pretoria University, Western Province, Western Province Under-19s
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Only Test||India v South Africa at Ranchi, Oct 19-22, 2019 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Western Province v Gauteng at Cape Town, Jan 26-28, 2012 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warriors v Cape Cobras at East London, Jan 20-23, 2020 scorecard|
|List A debut||Western Province v Free State at Cape Town, Feb 12, 2012 scorecard|
|Last List A||Knights v Cape Cobras at Kimberley, Feb 22, 2020 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Western Province v Boland at Cape Town, Jan 15, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Cape Town Blitz v Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at Cape Town, Dec 6, 2019 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|13*, 1/42||Cape Cobras||v Knights||Kimberley||22 Feb 2020||LA|
|2/24, 2||Cape Cobras||v Dolphins||Cape Town||19 Feb 2020||LA|
|0, 0/51||Cape Cobras||v Lions||Potchefstroom||16 Feb 2020||LA|
|0/57, 6||Cape Cobras||v Titans||Cape Town||12 Feb 2020||LA|
|49, 0/29||Cape Cobras||v Dolphins||Pietermaritzburg||9 Feb 2020||LA|
|2/76, 58||Cape Cobras||v Lions||Paarl||7 Feb 2020||LA|
|31*, 2/58||Cape Cobras||v Warriors||Oudtshoorn||2 Feb 2020||LA|
|23, 2/43||Cape Cobras||v Warriors||East London||20 Jan 2020||FC|
|2/35, 148*, 0/86||Cape Cobras||v Titans||Cape Town||13 Jan 2020||FC|
|6/51, 29, 5/87, 3||Cape Cobras||v Dolphins||Oudtshoorn||6 Jan 2020||FC|
A left-arm spinner from the northern suburbs of Cape Town, George Linde's started off a seam-bowling schoolboy cricketer before changing his mind as a teenager. After he was selected in the Western Province under-13 team, he switched to spin and never looked back. Still, batting took precedence through his school years but an interested coach coaxed him to focus more on spin as his game developed.
Linde spent a season playing club cricket in the UK after finishing school, before returning to South Africa, where he worked his way into the West Province amateur team and eventually into the Cobras franchise team. Competing against Dane Piedt meant Linde was often confined to the limited-overs teams, where he made his name.
He was sixth in the 2017-18 domestic one-day cup wicket charts with 15 scalps and his star continued to rise as a white-ball bowler. He was contracted to the Cape Town Blitz for the Mzansi Super League in the 2018-19 season and took five wickets in as many matches. A bigger break came when he was selected as part of the South African A team that toured India in August-September 2019 and was the joint second-highest wicket-taker in the unofficial ODI series.
Linde was called up as a replacement to South Africa's T20 squad to tour India in September 2019 when Jon-Jon Smuts was withdrawn from the squad for failing to meet fitness standards and was then added as a stand-in to the Test squad when Keshav Maharaj was ruled out of the last match of the series through injury.