H. D. Ackerman

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H. D. Ackerman
Personal information
Full name Hylton Deon Ackerman
Born (1973-02-14) 14 February 1973 (age 41)
Cape Town, South Africa
Nickname HD
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 268) 26 February 1998 v Pakistan
Last Test 30 March 1998 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
1993–2003 Western Province
2003–2004 Gauteng
2004–2005 Lions
2005–2009 Leicestershire
2005–2006 Cape Cobras
2006–2008 Warriors
2008–2009 Dolphins
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 4 220 226 55
Runs scored 161 14,625 6,327 1,811
Batting average 20.12 43.65 32.61 37.72
100s/50s 0/1 40/75 4/41 0/17
Top score 57 309* 139 87
Balls bowled 0 102 48 0
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 1/– 183/– 82/– 13/–
Source: Cricinfo, 2 October 2009

Hylton Deon Ackerman, also known as HD Ackerman, (born 14 February 1973 in Cape Town, South Africa) is a former South African cricketer, and currently a cricket commentator for the Pepsi IPL 2014 tournament television coverage.

Ackerman has four Test appearances for South Africa all made in 1998. He made a gutsy 57 in his first Test innings but after that made little impact. It was thought that Ackerman had a weakness against top class spin as Mushtaq Ahmed and Muttiah Muralitharan were particularly successful against him in successive series.

He joined Leicestershire in 2005 under the Kolpak ruling which allowed him to play for an English county without being registered as an overseas player. He was the captain of Leicestershire in 2005, having some success in one-day cricket.

In the 2006 season, Ackerman stepped down to concentrate on his batting. This move seems to have paid off as Ackerman scored 309 not out against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens, the highest ever first-class score by a Leicestershire player.

Ackerman's father, Hylton Michael Ackerman, played first-class cricket for Border, Natal, Northern Transvaal and Western Province in South Africa, and for Northamptonshire in England. He was picked for the World XI that played Australia in 1971-72, but did not play Test cricket because of South Africa's exclusion from international cricket on account of apartheid.

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