|Full name||Sunette Loubser|
26 September 1982 |
Paarl, Cape Province, South Africa
|Bowling style||Right-arm off break|
|Test debut (cap 48)||28 July 2007 v Netherlands women|
|Last Test||16 November 2014 v India women|
|ODI debut (cap 47)||20 January 2007 v Pakistan women|
|Last ODI||28 November 2014 v India women|
|ODI shirt no.||3|
|T20I debut (cap 9)||10 August 2007 v New Zealand women|
|Last T20I||30 November 2014 v India women|
Source: Cricinfo, 26 March 2015
Sunette Loubser (born 26 September 1982) is a former South African international cricketer who played for the South Africa women's national cricket team over 100 times from 2007 to 2014. A right-arm off break bowler, she captained the national team in 2009. At the time of her retirement she was South Africa's leading wicket-taker in Women's One Day Internationals. Domestically, she played and captained Boland.
Early life and career
Loubser first played cricket aged seven, alongside boys in the garden. She later joined a cricket club, and made her debut for Boland women at the age of 15. Originally, she opened the bowling, but after breaking her ankle in 2000, she changed style to become an off spinner. She took on the captaincy of Boland in 2005. Two years later, she made her international cricket debut when she was selected to play in a One Day International (ODI) against Pakistan. She bowled ten overs without claiming a wicket, but her figures of nought for 16 were the most economical of the match. Later that year, she made her only Test appearance, and helped South Africa to their first win in the format. She took five wickets in the first innings, and a further three in the second, as South Africa beat the Netherlands by 159 runs. The following year, Loubser took six wickets and conceded just three runs during the opening match of the 2008 Women's Cricket World Cup Qualifier, against Bermuda. In the match, which did not have ODI status, Bermuda were bowled out for 13 runs, which South Africa chased down in less than one over. Loubser finished the tournament, which South Africa won, as the leading wicket-taker.
In 2009, Loubser replaced Cri-Zelda Brits as the captain of the South African team, when the selectors opted to let Brits focus on her batting for the 2009 Women's Cricket World Cup. The convenor of selectors, Denise Reid, said that Loubser was "a suitable and capable replacement." During the World Cup, South Africa lost all three of their matches, and were eliminated in the group stage, though they then won the seventh place play-off. Loubser had an unsuccessful tournament, bowling over 20 overs without claiming a wicket. She retained the captaincy for the subsequent 2009 ICC Women's World Twenty20. South Africa were once again eliminated from the competition in the group stage, though Loubser did claim three wickets, albeit with an economy in excess of seven. Leading South Africa in their subsequent series against the West Indies, Loubser targeted a clean sweep, aiming to "make up for our poor record." The teams split the series: South Africa won the ODIs 2–1 with one match tied, while the West Indies won all three of the T20Is.
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