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Andre Nel

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Full Name: Andre Nel
Born: July 15 1977 , Germiston, Transvaal
Other teams: South Africa, Surrey, Northamptonshire, Essex
Test debut: Zimbabwe v South Africa at Harare, September 7-11 2001
ODI debut: West Indies v South Africa at Port of Spain, May 12 2001
T20 debut: South Africa v New Zealand at Johannesburg, October 21 2005
Batting Style: Right-hand bat
Bowling Style: Right-arm fast-medium


On his day South Africa's Andre Nel is one of the most destructive fast bowlers in the world, able to bowl at express pace and to move the ball of the seam, backed-up by loads of aggression as West Indies batsman Chris Gayle found out during a Test match. He was feted as a future international at a young age and once felled his hero Allan Donald during a domestic match, prompting tears. He had a spell at Northamptonshire in 2003 although he had to take a temporary break in the contract when he was picked for a one-day squad. He went to Essex in 2005 on a short-term contract. Nel claimed...

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