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Andre Nel Profile
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Player:A Nel

DateLine: 20th February 2007

 

His aggressive and outspoken nature has led to Andre Nel having one of South African cricket’s most chequered disciplinary records. He has had his run-ins with administrators, match referees, umpires and fellow players and his facial contortions are almost as famous as his incisive fast bowling. All this however has not stopped him from becoming one of the best purveyors with the new ball who works not only on the batsman’s nerves but also his skills. Possessing a tall, muscular frame – an ideal build for a fast bowler – Nel after a steady start has made himself an integral member of the pace attack. His strike rate has improved considerably over the years and he has a record of almost four wickets per Test. He has all the attributes of a top-notch fast bowler – the deadly yorker, the nasty bouncer, the deceptive slower one mixed judiciously among his stock deliveries that can be pretty hostile. His best match figures are ten for 88 against West Indies at Bridgetown at 2005 when he dismissed Brian Lara in both innings and he was South Africa’s outstanding bowler on the tour of Australia in 2005-06 when he was not overawed by the home team’s batting might and finished with 14 wickets in the three Tests. In the restrictive world of ODIs Nel does not compromise much on his pace while retaining the accuracy and this is reflected in his impressive strike rate and average.

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