Andre Nel

Country: South Africa
Born: July 15, 1977, Germiston, Transvaal
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Andre Nel Bio

Andre Nel, born on July 15, 1977, in Johannesburg, South Africa, was a formidable and fiery fast bowler who represented his country in international cricket. Standing at a muscular and imposing stature, Nel showcased a relentless aggression on the field, which often proved to be overwhelming for the opposition. Despite his conservative Afrikaans upbringing, he developed a reputation for his controversial disciplinary record throughout his career.

From a young age, Nel exhibited exceptional talent and was identified as a future international cricketer. It was in February 2001 that he first made headlines when he struck his idol, Allan Donald, with a fierce bouncer during a domestic first-class match. Overcome with guilt, he broke into tears as Donald was forced to leave the field. However, this incident also marked the beginning of Nel’s disciplinary troubles.

Later that year, during the tour of the West Indies, Nel was one of five South African players found guilty of smoking marijuana, tarnishing his reputation. In 2003, he was sent home from an A tour of Australia after being caught driving under the influence of alcohol, further emphasizing his struggle with maintaining a disciplined image.

Despite his off-field controversies, Nel made significant contributions to the South African Test team. He solidified his position during the home series against the West Indies in 2003-04. Throughout the series, Nel showcased his abilities with both ball and bat and was only reprimanded once for making gestures to Chris Gayle.

Nel truly found his stride during South Africa’s tour of Australia at the end of 2005. He emerged as an intimidating presence, capturing 14 wickets and displaying an attacking mindset. However, he faced challenges during a home series against Australia, where he managed just six wickets and engaged in a heated argument with Adam Gilchrist after being hit for runs in the second Test.

In 2006-07, Nel continued to make valuable contributions, both with his bowling and confrontational approach, against India at home. However, he will perhaps be most remembered from that series for being on the receiving end of a resounding six and an impromptu dance by Indian bowler Sreesanth.

Despite his achievements, Nel’s opportunities became limited as South Africa started favoring a younger fast-bowling attack, led by Dale Steyn. Consequently, Nel made the tough decision to retire from international cricket in March 2009. His retirement marked the end of an era for South African cricket and left a void in their bowling arsenal.

Andre Nel’s career, though marred by controversies, showcased his fierce determination, raw talent, and competitive spirit. He will be remembered as a force to be reckoned with, unafraid to take on the best in the world. Even in retirement, Nel’s impact on South African cricket remains significant, and his legacy as a passionate and combative fast bowler endures.

Andre Nel Career Stats

Andre Nel Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 36 42 8 337 34 9.91 731 46.1 0 0 40 5 16 0
T20Is 2 1 1 0 0* - 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
ODIs 79 22 12 127 30* 12.7 166 76.5 0 0 14 3 21 0
FC 132 153 43 1692 96 15.38 - - 0 4 - - 53 0
List A 219 86 44 482 58 11.47 - - 0 1 - - 49 0
T20s 56 28 13 155 19 10.33 113 137.16 0 0 11 8 11 0

Andre Nel Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 36 69 7630 3919 123 6/32 10/88 31.86 3.08 62 4 3 1
T20Is 2 2 48 42 2 2/19 2/19 21 5.25 24 0 0 0
ODIs 79 76 3801 2935 106 5/45 5/45 27.68 4.63 35.8 3 1 0
FC 132 - 25915 12212 446 6/25 - 27.38 2.82 58.1 - 14 1
List A 219 - 10594 7836 302 6/27 6/27 25.94 4.43 35 7 4 0
T20s 56 56 1240 1394 37 2/13 2/13 37.67 6.74 33.5 0 0 0

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