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 10-88 against West Indies at Bridgetown at 2005 when he dismissed Brian Lara in both innings and he was also South Africa’s outstanding bowler on the tour of Australia in 2005-06 when he was not overawed by the home team’s batting might and finished with 14 wickets in the three Tests.
He took 10 wickets in four LV County Championship matches for Essex before returning to South Africa to play for the national team.
Nel came back into the South Africa squad after Charl Langeveldt claimed he was picked ahead of Nel merely on basis of colour.
Injury to Dale Steyn meant Nel played in the third and fourth Tests against England in 2008. He took four wickets at Edgbaston, but was disappointing and wicketless at the Brit Oval as England won. It was to be Nel's last international appearance.
He called time on his career with South Africa in order to sign a three-year deal with Surrey under the Kolpak ruling, starting in 2009.
He enjoyed a steady first season, with 27 LV= County Championship wickets in nine appearances, but was hampered by an elbow injury sustained when he walked into a door frame while carrying a heavy bag.