Roelof van der Merwe
|Full name||Roelof Erasmus van der Merwe|
31 December 1984 |
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
|Bowling style||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|ODI debut (cap 96)||5 April 2009
South Africa v Australia
|Last ODI||3 June 2010
South Africa v West Indies
|ODI shirt no.||52|
|T20I debut||29 March 2009
South Africa v Australia
|Last T20I||25 July 2015
Netherlands v Ireland
|Domestic team information|
|2007–2015||Titans (squad no. 52)|
|2009–2010||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|2014||St Lucia Zouks|
|Source: CricketArchive, 27 July 2015|
Roelof Erasmus van der Merwe (born 31 December 1984) is a professional cricketer who has played internationally for both South Africa and the Netherlands, one of the few players to represent multiple international teams. From Johannesburg, van der Mewe made his first-class and one-day debuts for Northerns during the 2006–07 season, before moving into franchise cricket with Titans the following season. An all-rounder he bowls left-arm orthodox spin and is a right-handed middle-order batsman. He played international cricket for South Africa in ODI and Twenty20 International between 2009 and 2010 playing 13 times in each format, before having gained a Dutch passport in June 2015, he was selected in the Netherlands squad for the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier.
Born in Johannesburg, van der Merwe made his List A debut in October 2006 for Northerns against North West. He was dismissed for a duck and bowled his full allocation of nine overs conceding 29 runs. In December 2006 he made his first-class debut for Northerns against Limpopo he bowled 12 wicketless overs but scored 36 runs and took three catches.
Van der Merwe had a successful 2007–08 season, moving into franchise cricket with the Titans. He made his debut for Titans in the SuperSport Series in November 2007 against the Eagles. His first one-day appearance for them came in February 2008 against Zimbabwe he claimed four wickets conceding 24 runs (4/24). He finished the MTN Domestic Championship as Titans leading wicket-taker with 27 wickets at an average of 14.25. He also scored 269 runs at 29.88. In the Standard Bank Pro20 Series which followed van der Merwe was the third leading wicket-taker with 13 victims at 13.92, he also contributed 192 runs at 27.42. Titans won both 50 over and 20 over competitions and for van der Merwe's part in it he was awarded Player of the Year, MTN Domestic Championship Player of the Year, Standard Bank Pro20 Series Player of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year at the team's end of season award. On a national level he was selected Domestic Newcomer of the Year at the SA Cricket Awards.
Titans retained the MTN Domestic Championship in 2008/09 with van der Merwe again being instrumental to the success, he took 30 wickets at 13.96, 14 more than any other bowler.
In 2007 van der Merwe played for Monton & Weaste in the Central Lancashire League before he was released mid season after the club realised he wasn't eligible for amateur status having played first-class cricket the previous winter. He has also represented Stretford, in 2006 he scored a league record 1200 runs at 80 as well as taking 53 wickets at 11.26.
Van der Merwe was selected in the South Africa team for the 2004 U-19 Cricket World Cup, he played five matches, scoring 129 runs and taking 3 wickets. Following the tournament it was over two years before he made his first-class debut and van der Merwe has admitted he "didn't take things too seriously" and was "partying all the time".
In August 2008 van der Merwe was selected for the South Africa Academy to play against their Bangladesh equivalents, in the second of a five match series he scored 79 from 70 balls and took 6/52.
Van der Merwe was selected in the South Africa Twenty20 squad for their two Twenty20 Internationals against Australia in March 2009. In the second of these he made his full debut, top scoring with 48 from 30 balls an innings that included four sixes, and taking a maiden international wicket of David Hussey he was awarded man of the match. After this performance he was added to the squad for the One Day International series as cover for Jacques Kallis, van der Merwe made his ODI debut in the second match of the series at SuperSport Park, he bowled five wicketless overs and wasn't required to bat. He had a more prominent role in his second ODI, he scored his maiden ODI runs with a six and took 3/37 from his allotted ten overs. In the final two matches he claimed five more wickets to finish his maiden ODI series with eight at 18.62.
In 2015, Van der Merwe secured a Dutch passport and was selected to play against Nepal in four match series. He was also selected for 2015 World T20 Qualifier after Vivian Kingma pulled out. He made his T20I debut for the Netherlands against Nepal on 3 July 2015.
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- Hong Kong International Cricket Sixes, 2008/09 – South Africa, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 29 March 2009
- South Africa v Australia, Australia in South Africa T20I Series – 2nd T20I, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 29 March 2009
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- South Africa v Australia, Australia in South Africa ODI Series – 2nd ODI, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 11 April 2009
- South Africa v Australia, Australia in South Africa ODI Series – 3rd ODI, Cricinfo, Retrieved on 11 April 2009
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- "Van der Merwe switches to Netherlands". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
- "Canada pick Hiral Patel after Dutta opts for CPL". ESPNcricinfo. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
- "Nepal tour of Netherlands, 4th T20I: Netherlands v Nepal at Rotterdam, Jul 3, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
- Player profile: Roelof van der Merwe from CricketArchive
- Player profile: Roelof van der Merwe from ESPNcricinfo