Jacobus Andries Rudolph

JACQUES RUDOLPH had a brilliant Test match debut against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2003 when he hit an unbeaten 222 for the second highest debut innings of all time. In the process he shared an unbroken stand of 429 for the third wicket with Boeta Dippenaar which remains the South African record for any partnership.

He should actually have made his debut back in the 2000-01 season against India at SuperSport Park but the match was declared an unofficial five-day match following the removal of International Cricket Council (ICC) referee Mike Denness for that match.

His form was erratic after that debut and he was not helped by being shifted around the top order although he did make an unbeaten century against Australia at Perth in 2005 in the fourth innings to save that match.

In 2007 he decided to take a break from international cricket, signing a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire, but he returned full time to South African cricket for the 2010-11 season and forced his way back into the Castle Lager Test team for the home series against Australia in 2011-12 through force of domestic runs. His sixth Test century followed in New Zealand.

He has settled into a middle-order role although his versatility made him a valuable stand-in opening batsman when Alviro Petersen was injured at Headingley in 2012.
Full Name: Jacobus Andries Rudolph
Nickname: Jacques
Date of Birth: May 4, 1981
Place of Birth: Springs
Franchise: The Unlimited Titans
Role: Opening batsman
Batting Style: Left hand
Bowling Style: Right arm leg-break
Debut: vs. Bangladesh, April 24, 2003, Chittagong
Test Caps: 48
Test Cap No: 53
ODI Caps: 45
ODI Cap No: 74
ODI Shirt No: N/A
T20 Caps: 1
T20 Cap No: 14

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