South African-born cricketers who have turned out for England

2014-09-02 00:00

1. Basil D’Olivera — Born in Cape Town, D’Oliveira played in 44 Tests for England between 1966 and 1972. He averaged a little over 40 — no mean feat for a cricketer of that generation.

2. Tony Greig — Born in the Eastern Cape, Greig was perhaps better known for his later commentary. Before then, he played in 58 Tests for England, including a long stint as captain.

3. Allan Lamb — Also from the Cape, Lamb went to Wynberg Boys’ High School many years before the legen-dary Jacques Kallis. He played in 79 Tests and 122 ODIs for England as a batsman.

4. Ian Greig — Unlike his brother Tony, Ian had a largely forgettable England career, capping just two Tests.

5. Robin Smith — A Durbanite, Smith left Test cricket with an average of over 43. He was equally effective in the shorter format. Played 62 Tests and 71 ODIs.

6. Chris Smith — Chris was not as prolific as his brother. He would go on to be capped in eight Tests and four ODIs.

7. Andrew Strauss — An England captain, Strauss was born in Johannesburg but left when he was a child. He played in exactly 100 Tests.

8. Kevin Pietersen — Born in PMB, KP is perhaps the biggest loss to South Africa of all the England exiles. He had a brief stint as captain, but his international career appears to be a thing of the past. 104 Tests and 136 ODIs.

9. Matt Prior — He set off for the UK when he was just 11 after being born in Jo’burg. An accomplished Test wicketkeeper, Prior is eyeing a return to the international stage.

10. Jonathan Trott — The Rondebosch Boys’ High product played for SA at U15 and U19 level. His England career has promised much, but a fight against stress and anxiety has left his future uncertain.

11. Craig Kieswetter — Only 26 and born in Jo’burg, the wicketkeeper/batsman is yet to represent England at Test level. He has played in 46 ODIs and 25 T20s.

12. Jade Dernbach - At 28, Dernbach has played 34 ODIs and 24 T20Is for England despite being born in Johannesburg.

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