André Nel

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André Nel
Andre Nel Bfdefence.jpg
In the nets in Australia, 2005
Personal information
Full nameAndré Nel
Born (1977-07-15) 15 July 1977 (age 42)
Germiston, South Africa
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
BowlingRight–arm Fast Medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 281)7 September 2001 v Zimbabwe
Last Test7 August 2008 v England
ODI debut (cap 65)12 May 2001 v West Indies
Last ODI3 September 2008 v England
T20I debut (cap 8)21 October 2005 v New Zealand
Last T20I19 September 2008 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Mumbai Indians
Southern Rocks
Highveld Lions
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 36 79 2 220
Runs scored 337 127 0 482
Batting average 9.91 12.70 - 11.47
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 -/- 0/1
Top score 34 30* - 58
Balls bowled 7,630 3,801 48 10,654
Wickets 123 106 2 302
Bowling average 31.86 27.68 21.00 26.03
5 wickets in innings 3 1 0 4
10 wickets in match 1 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 6/32 5/45 2/19 6/27
Catches/stumpings 16/– 21/– 1/– 49/–
Source: CricketArchive, 29 September 2017

André Nel (born 15 July 1977) is a former South African cricketer who played all formats as a fast bowler. Since retired from international arena, he played county cricket for Surrey.

He announced his retirement from international cricket on 25 March 2009.[1]

Domestic career[edit]

After the 2007 Cricket World Cup, carrying a highly aggressive and respected reputation, Nel joined the English County of Essex, making his debut for the 2005 and 2006 Pro 40 Champions against the side he first experienced the English game with, Northamptonshire.

Nel has been signed by Mumbai Indians, an Indian Premier League franchise. He joined the Mumbai Indians as a replacement to West Indian cricketer, Dwayne Bravo, who returned home for national duty after the game against Deccan Chargers on 18 May 2008.

International career[edit]

In January 2005 against England he took 6/81 in the first innings of the Test.[2] These remained his best innings bowling figures until South Africa's tour of the West Indies in April 2005 when in the 3rd Test at Kensington Oval he took 6/32 to go with his first innings 4 wickets.[3] This gave him his first 10 wicket haul in Test cricket and he was subsequently named man of the match.

Nel went on to take 14 wickets during his side's tour of Australia later in 2005, finishing the year with 36 victims at 20.72.[4]

He has constantly troubled Brian Lara in Test cricket, having dismissed him on 8 occasions.[5]

In the first test[6] of the Bank Alfalah Test Series versus Pakistan in Karachi, Nel became the 11th South African to reach the milestone of 100 dismissals in Test cricket,[7] when he dismissed the Pakistani nightwatchman, Mohammad Asif on 5 October 2007.

In early 2008, coloured paceman Charl Langeveldt was controversially selected in the Test team for tour of India, at the expense of Nel. This was widely believed to be due to an order from Cricket South Africa to select more non-white players in the team as part of its transformation policy, rather than performance. Langeveldt declined his selection, citing the controversy over the selection, and Nel was reported to have been considering retirement.[8]


Nel has been involved in controversies both on and off the field and he has been fined for a number of ICC Code of Conduct breaches during his career.

In February 2001 he hit the headlines after bursting into tears when he felled Allan Donald with a fiery bouncer in a domestic first-class match. It emerged later that he had been following instructions from his coach Ray Jennings to target Donald.[9] Later in the year during the tour of the West Indies he, along with four other teammates, was found guilty of smoking marijuana.[10]

During 2003 he was sent home from a South Africa A tour of Australia after being pulled over for drunk driving.[11] During the 2005 Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground he was the subject of racial taunts, in Afrikaans, from fans in Bay 13.

His enthusiastic and aggressive approach on the field also gets him into trouble and he was notably brought before the match referee for making offensive facial gestures to Chris Gayle and subsequently fined half of his match fee.[12] He is also known to be verbally aggressive towards batsmen.

Often referred to as a gentle giant off the field, Nel has attributed his eccentric onfield behaviour to his alter ego an oxygen starved mountain man known as Gunther.[13]

On 1 October 2010, Nel attempted suicide.[14]

International record[edit]

Test 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/87 7  West Indies Newlands Cricket Ground Cape Town South Africa 2004
2 6/81 11  England SuperSport Park Centurion South Africa 2005
3 6/32 15  West Indies Kensington Oval Bridgetown Barbados 2005

Test 10 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 10/88 15  West Indies Kensington Oval Bridgetown Barbados 2004

ODI 5 Wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year
1 5/45 58  Bangladesh Providence Stadium Providence Guyana 2007

International awards[edit]

One Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi 10 October 2003 10-0-39-4 ; DNB  South Africa won by 6 wickets.[15]


  1. ^ Cricket World – André Nel Announces International Retirement[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "5th Test, England tour of South Africa at Centurion, Jan 21-25 2005 | Match Summary | ESPNCricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  3. ^ "3rd Test, South Africa tour of West Indies at Bridgetown, Apr 21-24 2005 | Match Summary | ESPNCricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Cricinfo - Statsguru - A Nel - Test Bowling - Career summary". Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Cricinfo - Statsguru - BC Lara - Test Batting - Bowlers/fielders dismissed by". Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  6. ^ "1st Test, South Africa tour of Pakistan at Karachi, Oct 1-5 2007 | Match Summary | ESPNCricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Cricket Records | Records | South Africa | Test matches | Most wickets | ESPNcricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  8. ^ "I did not interfere in team selection for India - Arendse". Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Donald price tag a joke, say Easterns". Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  10. ^ "South African players fined for smoking marijuana". Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Andre Nel sent home on a drunken driving charge". Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Nel fined for abusive gestures". Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Meet Gunther, the mountain boy". Cricinfo. 8 June 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Andre Nel attempts suicide". News24. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  15. ^ "2003-2004 Pakistan v South Africa - 4th Match - Rawalpindi".

External links[edit]

Media related to Andre Nel (cricketer) at Wikimedia Commons