Kepler Wessels - South Africa - Test Profile 1992-94

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Date: 03 July 1994

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      Left Hand Bat, Right Arm Medium
      Saturday, 14 September 1957
      Bloemfontein, South Africa
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Kepler WESSELS - South Africa - Test Profile 1992-94


Few thought the South African selectors would quickly forgive the world wanderings of Kepler Wessels when the country returned to official cricket in 1991 but, after Clive Rice had captained the reconciliation series of ODIs in India, the one-time Aussie was chosen as captain for the World Cup campaign of 1992. The 81 not out he made in Sydney was the backbone of their sensational win over Australia in their first outing on the World stage and he followed that with 70 against Zimbabwe in Canberra and 85 against England at Melbourne, leading his side to an unlucky defeat in the semi-final and showing the world that South African cricket was still the force it had been before isolation. He was captain in the one-off Test against West Indies at Bridgetown in 1992, scoring 59 and 74.


His dogged one-run-per over batting personified the attritional Test cricket played by South Africa in the mid '90s. He made 118 against India in Durban in 1992-93, followed by 95 not out at Port Elizabeth. In Sri Lanka in 1993-94 he made 92 at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo and in the Australian tour that followed he made 63 not out in Melbourne despite back problems, which eventually lead to Hansie Cronje taking over the captaincy for the last match of the series. Wessels returned as captain for the return series in the same season with Australia coming to the Cape, and brought the first South African team to England for 29 years in 1994. He batted lower in the order than had been his wont but still scored 105 in the Lord's Test. (Bob Harragan)