Kepler Wessels

Country: Australia
Born: September 14, 1957, Bloemfontein, Orange Free State
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Playing role: Opening Batter

Kepler Wessels Bio

Kepler Christoffel Wessels, born on September 14, 1957, is a former Australian cricketer of South African heritage. Known for his stint as an opener for the Australian cricket team, Wessels had an eventful career that saw him play in multiple countries and leagues.

Wessels began his cricketing journey in his native South Africa, where he made a name for himself with his exceptional batting skills. He had a reputation for being a fit, lean, and slightly ungainly left-hand batsman. It was no surprise when he caught the attention of cricket observers around the world, leading to his selection for the South African national team.

However, Wessels’ career took an interesting turn when he decided to join World Series Cricket, a breakaway league that challenged the traditional cricket establishment. This decision created controversy and led to a long period of isolation from international cricket.

In 1982, Wessels made yet another significant move by joining the Australian rebel team, which toured South Africa. This team was not recognized by the international cricket authorities due to the ongoing sporting boycott against South Africa’s apartheid regime.

Finally, in 1985, Wessels was able to represent his birth country, Australia, in Test cricket. Opening the batting alongside Geoff Marsh, Wessels made an impressive debut by scoring 162 runs against England. He continued to perform well, averaging 56 in a series against the formidable West Indies, showcasing his considerable skill and resilience.

Despite his talent on the field, Wessels did not enjoy unanimous popularity among Australians. His personality and somewhat severe demeanor did not endear him to everyone. Nevertheless, his average of 43 in 24 Tests demonstrated his immense value to the Australian team during a challenging period.

After retiring from international cricket, Wessels turned to coaching, leveraging his vast knowledge and experience of the game. He initially found success coaching Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, but faced difficulties due to the limited resources available to the team. As a result, Wessels and the club parted ways amicably in the middle of the 2006 season.

Wessels’ impact on Australian cricket cannot be undermined. His contributions during a turbulent era not only showcased his individual skill but also enabled Australia to navigate challenging times. His tenacity and unwavering determination earned him respect from both teammates and opponents.

Kepler Wessels is a cricketing legend. From his humble beginnings in South Africa to becoming an integral part of the Australian cricket team, Wessels’ journey is a testament to his unwavering passion for the sport. His impressive batting performances and resolute character left an indelible mark on the cricketing world.

Kepler Wessels Career Stats

Kepler Wessels Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 40 71 3 2788 179 41 5998 46.48 6 15 304 3 30 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 109 105 7 3367 107 34.35 6088 55.3 1 26 263 2 49 0
FC 316 539 50 24738 254 50.58 - - 66 132 - - 268 0
List A 337 331 30 12503 146 41.53 - - 15 90 - - 151 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Kepler Wessels Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 40 6 90 42 0 - - - 2.8 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 109 23 749 666 18 2/16 2/16 37 5.33 41.6 0 0 0
FC 316 - 1416 574 13 2/25 - 44.15 2.43 108.9 - 0 0
List A 337 - 1321 1120 36 4/24 4/24 31.11 5.08 36.6 1 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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