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Famous Cricketer Kepler Wessels

by on November 20, 2012
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Famous Cricketer Kepler Wessels

Kepler Wessels is an ex-player of the South African cricket team who is also recognized for being the first player to have performed ODIs for two countries as he captained the South African team after he played for the Australian team in 24 Test matches. A left-handed opener, Wessels also played for Western Province, Eastern Province, Orange Free State, Griqualand West and Northern Transvaal in South Africa, for Sussex (England) and for Queensland (Australia) as well.

Wessels career took its first swing when he performed his debut by playing against England in 1982 for Queensland. This marked him being the 1st player, born in South Africa but played for Australia and was also the 13th Australian cricketer who made a century in his debut. This was followed with the Australian tour of Sri Lanka in 1982-83 where Wessels accomplished another century as an Australian cricket player. This won him the opportunity to play in the World Cup of 1983. This was then followed by the 1983-84 Australian tour to Pakistan wherein Wessels performed in all the five Test matches and scored 265 runs averaging at 42.66. The most winning scale in Wessels career came in the tour of West Indies during 1984-84, when he made a feat of 505 runs averaging at 56.11 which is still reminisced as a premier performance of this giant player.

Wessels performed his last match for the Australian team was the New Zealand tour in 1985-86, six years after which he entered the Test cricket arena again but then it was for the South African team. He captained his home country’s cricket team at a stage when it was freshly freed from the captives of apartheid claws and helped it gain a stable state in the cricket arcade. Post retirement, Kepler Christoffel Wessels performed as a coach for the English county side, Northamptonshire till 2006, two years after which he was also selected as the coach for IPL’s Chennai Super Kings.

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