Dane Vilas

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Dane Vilas
Personal information
Full name Dane James Vilas
Born (1985-06-10) 10 June 1985 (age 33)
Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Nickname Villa, Vili
Batting Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 322) 30 July 2015 v Bangladesh
Last Test 14 January 2016 v England
Only T20I (cap 51) 30 March 2012 v India
T20I shirt no. 33
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–2010 Gauteng
2008–2010 Lions
2010–2015 Western Province
2010–present Cape Cobras (squad no. 44)
2016 South Western Districts
2017–present Lancashire (squad no. 33)
Career statistics
Competition Test T20I FC LA
Matches 6 1 133 150
Runs scored 94 7,377 4,174
Batting average 10.44 40.75 35.67
100s/50s 0/0 –/– 18/32 8/19
Top score 26 244 120
Balls bowled 6
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 13/0 0/0 349/16 149/27
Source: CricketArchive, 10 August 2018

Dane James Vilas (born 10 June 1985 in Johannesburg, Transvaal) is a South African cricketer. He made his Test debut for South Africa against Bangladesh on 30 July 2015. [1][2]

Domestic career

After four successful seasons at the Lions, Vilas moved to the Cape Cobras in search of more opportunity due to the emergence of Thami Tsolekile and Quinton de Kock at his former club.

On 27 January 2017, he signed a Kolpak deal with Lancashire, thus ruling him out of selection for South Africa.[3]

In August 2017, he was named in Pretoria Mavericks' squad for the first season of the T20 Global League.[4] However, in October 2017, Cricket South Africa postponed the tournament until November 2018.[5]

International career

Vilas made his international debut against India in a one-off Twenty20 International. He then went with the South African team to a triangular between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. However, Vilas appeared to be out of form, and has not been picked for the T20 side since, with South African limited-overs captain AB de Villiers the new wicket-keeper.

In July 2015, he made his Test debut against Bangladesh at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. The match was caught in a cyclone with four days washed out, and the series was drawn at 0–0.[6] He was a late replacement for Quinton de Kock in the third Test against England on 14 January 2016, after de Kock suffered an injury before play started. Vilas arrived 45 minutes after the start of the match, after flying from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg.[7]


Vilas appeared in the 2008 film Hansie, about the life of former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje. He was cast as fast bowler Allan Donald by the producers, who wanted to add authenticity to on-field scenes by using real cricketers.[8]


  1. ^ "South Africa tour of Bangladesh, 2nd Test: Bangladesh v South Africa at Dhaka, Jul 30 – Aug 3, 2015". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Dane Vilas to make debut in 2nd Test against Bangladesh". thesportscampus.com. Retrieved 30 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Lancashire sign Chanderpaul, Dane Vilas on Kolpak deals". CricBuzz. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "T20 Global League announces final team squads". T20 Global League. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Cricket South Africa postpones Global T20 league". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  6. ^ Vilas' damp debut opens door for keeper's spot
  7. ^ "South Africa v England: Quinton de Kock out, Dane Vilas flies in". BBC Sport. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Dane Vilas, South Africa gloveman who was Allan Donald in 'Hansie Cronje'". The Indian Express. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 

External links

  • Dane Vilas at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  • Dane Vilas at ESPNcricinfo
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