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Johan van der Wath

South African fast bowler Johan van der Wath has been the leader of Northamptonshire's attack for two seasons.

A brisk outswing bowler and uncompromising batsman, he was chosen for the Proteas' full international side when an injury ruled Jacques Kallis out of the 2005/06 VB Series and impressed with 10 wickets in the tournament and 37 off just 16 balls against Australia.

But he reneged his South Africa status to sign a contract with Northamptonshire for the 2007 season, during which he claimed 29 LV= County championshp wickets at 27.06 with a best of 6-49.

He was initially unable to return to Wantage Road in 2008 as a Kolpak player after his application for registration failed to fulfil the registration requirements, due to his involvement in the rebel Indian Cricket League.

But, along with Andrew Hall, van der Wath was reprieved, and went into the Northants side for the Friends Provident Trophy match against Leicestershire.

Van der Wath lent a much-needed cutting-edge to an otherwise one-paced Northants attack, and led the way in the first-class averages with 43 wickets at an average of 20.

His 12-128 in the draw with Middlesex at Uxbridge put him head and shoulders above his team-mates.

Van der Wath was an inspiration in 2009, forming a lethal new-ball attack with David Lucas. The South African took 50 wickets in the championship and was a constant threat. He was also a useful presence at number eight.