Rusty Theron

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Rusty Theron
Personal information
Full nameJuan Theron
Born (1985-07-24) 24 July 1985 (age 34)
Potchefstroom, South Africa
BowlingRight arm fast-medium
International information
National sides
ODI debut (cap 100/27)15 October 2010 
South Africa v Zimbabwe
Last ODI13 September 2019 
United States v PNG
T20I debut (cap 47)8 October 2010 
South Africa v Zimbabwe
Last T20I30 March 2012 
South Africa v India
Domestic team information
2005–2015Eastern Province
2010Kings XI Punjab
2011–2014Deccan Chargers
2014–2015Jamaica Tallawahs
2015Rajasthan Royals
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 4 9 54 97
Runs scored 5 32 783 595
Batting average 5.00 12.23 18.59
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/2 0/1
Top score 5 31* 66 53
Balls bowled 194 194 9,149 4,360
Wickets 12 12 169 162
Bowling average 14.41 21.75 27.02 23.23
5 wickets in innings 1 0 7 1
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 5/44 4/27 7/46 5/44
Catches/stumpings 4/– 2/– 16/– 29/–
Source: Cricinfo, 13 September 2019

Juan "Rusty" Theron (born 24 July 1985) is a South African cricketer. He played for the Chevrolet Warriors (formerly known as Eastern Province), the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the South Africa national team. He is a right-arm fast bowler and bats right-handed. He retired from South African domestic cricket on 8 October 2015, following a spate of knee injuries.[1] In 2019, he qualified to represent the United States cricket team in international matches, after fulfilling the International Cricket Council's three-year residency rule.[2] He represented the United States in a One Day International (ODI) match in September 2019.

Playing career[edit]

Theron made his debut for Eastern Province in October 2005, appearing in a List A match at Port Elizabeth against the Zimbabwe U-23 team, bowling them out for 145 and thus helping his team win the fixture with match figures of 2/26 of 6.3 overs.[3] He soon made his first class debut in November 2005, appearing against KwaZulu Natal. He soon showed his potential and developed into an important member of the Warriors side, leading the team in subsequent bowling charts in both first-class and List A competitions.[4][5]

Early career[edit]

In 2008, Theron's performances for Warriors led to him being awarded the MTN Domestic Championship Cricketer of the Year award in Cricket South Africa's 2008 Mutual Federal SA Cricket Awards.[6] Also during the same year, he played English club cricket for Staffordshire-based club Audley, where he replaced fellow South African Alfonso Thomas.[7] He also represented the South Africa A side during the same year.

International debut (2010)[edit]

Theron's strong domestic performances in all competitions, notably during the Standard Bank Pro20 series, led to him being awarded both a place in South Africa's 18-man provisional 2010 ICC World Twenty20 squad, a national contract and signing with Indian Premier League team Kings XI Punjab.[8][9] In his debut for Punjab against the Chennai Super Kings, he recorded figures of 2/17 in his four overs and bowled the Super Over that led his team to victory, subsequently being awarded with the Man of the Match award.[9][10] He played in the two T20 Internationals against Zimbabwe and during the ODI series he took his first ODI wicket that of opener Hamilton Masakadza. He took 11 wickets in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe including a five-wicket haul.

He was then selected for the two match twenty-20 series against Pakistan but not the ODI series. He took four wickets in the two match series and was subsequently added to the squad for the ODI series against Pakistan.[11] Theron was picked up by Deccan Chargers for IPL for the season of 2011.

Theron (31 off 16) and Wayne Parnell (29 off 11) helped South Africa win the second T20I against Australia, from a score of 84/7.[12]

Indian Premier League (IPL)[edit]

Theoren was acquired by the Deccan Chargers in 2011 IPL Auction. He remained for the Deccan Chargers until 2012. When the team was banned by IPL and Theoren Along With Other Players Are Released From the Franchise and was in 2013's IPL Auction but was not Sold up by Any Franchises. In 2015, Theron was picked up by Rajasthan Royals to Play for IPL 8.

Move to America (2019)[edit]

In June 2019, Theron was named in a 30-man training squad for the United States cricket team, ahead of the Regional Finals of the 2018–19 ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier tournament in Bermuda.[2] The following month, he was one of twelve players to sign a three-month central contract with USA Cricket.[13] In September 2019, he was named in United States's One Day International (ODI) squad for the 2019 United States Tri-Nation Series.[14] On 13 September 2019, he made his ODI debut for the United States against Papua New Guinea,[15] after previously playing 4 ODIs for South Africa, becoming the 13th cricketer to represent two international teams in ODIs.[16]


  1. ^ "Rusty Theron retires from South African domestic cricket". ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Former SA pacer Rusty Theron named in USA squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Eastern Province v Zimbabwe Under-23s". Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Theron rips up Western Province". Cricinfo. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Unbeaten Titans throw down a challenge". Cricinfo. 18 February 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
  6. ^ "Cricket South Africa". Cricket South Africa. Archived from the original on 12 July 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
  7. ^ "Cricket: Theron firing Audley's bid to retain title". 28 July 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
  8. ^ "Kings XI Punjab sign on Rusty Theron". Cricinfo. 12 March 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  9. ^ a b Siddarth Ravindran (21 March 2010). "Juan Theron, Punjab's new iceman". Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  10. ^ Sidharth Monga (21 March 2010). "Punjab hold nerve on night of mediocrity". Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  11. ^ Rusty Theron added to South Africa one-day squad | Cricket News | Pakistan v South Africa | ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
  12. ^ Theron, wins. "International Twenty20 Series: South Africa v Australia". Scorecard. Retrieved 18 July 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  13. ^ "Five USA players get 12-month contracts; three pull out of Global T20 Canada". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Team USA Squad Announced for first ODI Series". USA Cricket. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  15. ^ "1st Match, ICC Men's Cricket World Cup League 2 at Lauderhill, Sep 13 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  16. ^ "Records: Combined Test, ODI and T20I records. Individual records (captains, players, umpires), Representing two countries". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 September 2019.

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