Jacques Rudolph

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Jacques Rudolph
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Rudolph (left) receiving the 2008 Yorkshire Player of the Year award.
Personal information
Full name Jacobus Andries Rudolph
Born (1981-05-04) 4 May 1981 (age 37)
Springs, Transvaal Province,
South Africa
Nickname Rudy
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Right-arm leg break
Role Batsman
Relations GJ Rudolph (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 289) 24 April 2003 v Bangladesh
Last Test 22 November 2012 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 74) 13 April 2003 v India
Last ODI 5 February 2006 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 27
Domestic team information
Years Team
1997–2004 Northerns
2004–2005 Titans
2005–2008 Eagles
2007–2011 Yorkshire
2009–2015 Titans
2012 Surrey
2013 Jamaica Tallawahs
2014–2017 Glamorgan
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 48 45[1] 294 262
Runs scored 2,622 1,174 19,825 10,285
Batting average 35.43 35.57 41.56 48.28
100s/50s 6/11 0/7 51/93 18/70
Top score 222* 81 228* 169*
Balls bowled 664 24 4,789 494
Wickets 4 0 61 13
Bowling average 108.00 44.19 36.46
5 wickets in innings 0 3 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/1 5/80 4/41
Catches/stumpings 29/– 11/– 244/– 91/–
Source: CricketArchive, 28 September 2017

Jacobus Andries "Jacques" Rudolph (born 4 May 1981) is a former South African cricketer who played for Glamorgan and in South Africa with Titans.

He attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool, a popular and renowned public school located in Pretoria.

International cricket

Rudolph was chosen for South Africa's Test team in 2003 having previously had his selection for the 2002 New Year's Test against Australia in Sydney overruled by cricket administrators due to the South African practice of obeying a 'quota' of non-white players; the board overruled the selectors and installed Justin Ontong in the team. The selectors noticed him during one of his performances in domestic cricket.

Rudolph was named the South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year in 2003.

Rudolph cover drive for Yorkshire

In his debut Test match against Bangladesh he scored 222 not out, his best first class score. It is still the highest Test debut score by a left-handed batsman and a Test opener as of 2013, when Hamish Rutherford made 171 for New Zealand against England.

He also broke the South African third-wicket partnership record, alongside Boeta Dippenaar, reaching 429* against Bangladesh at Chittagong. He saved a Test for South Africa in the Perth Test match in December 2005 after defying the Australian bowlers for more than a day to score 102* and ensure a draw. After declaring himself unavailable for selection by South Africa after agreeing to join Yorkshire under the Kolpak ruling he stated he did not want to represent South Africa again and hoped to possibly represent England, qualifying by residency, after deciding to buy a house and live permanently in Yorkshire.[2]

Rudolph was recalled to the South African Test squad in October 2011, for the two-Test home series against Australia.[3]

South Africa domestic cricket

Rudolph plays for the Nashua Titans in South Africa. He represented the Gestetner Diamond Eagles and Northerns.

English County Cricket - Yorkshire

Although still centrally contracted, Rudolph signed a three-year deal in 2007 to play for Yorkshire under the Kolpak ruling.[4] In doing so he declared himself unavailable for selection for the duration of the contract. Rudolph wore squad number 24 for Yorkshire and in October 2007 further committed himself to the county, signing a 4-year deal which would keep him at the club until 2011.[5]

In 2008, Rudolph was awarded the Players' Player, and fans' Player of the Year awards for Yorkshire.[6] He was also awarded Yorkshire CCC Players' player of the year in 2010. He left Yorkshire at the end of the 2010 season after mutual agreement to terminate his contract a year early. This was so that he and his wife could return to South Africa to be closer to family. In July 2011, following Yorkshire's run of poor form, Rudolph returned to Yorkshire CCC for the last six games of the season.[7][8] In his first game back against Lancashire he scored 12 and 35 in a loss against Lancashire CCC. In his second county game against Hampshire CCC he scored 99 before being caught off Imran Tahir.

On 27 April 2017, Rudolph completed his 10,000 runs in List-A cricket.[9]

County Championship

He made a record breaking century debut versus Surrey at The Oval during the County Championship. Yorkshire had made a shaky start, but alongside promising all-rounder Adil Rashid, Rudolph helped make 190 and in the process break a record 6th wicket partnership against Surrey for Yorkshire. The record had stood since George Hirst and Irving Washington posted 134 in 1902. Rudolph's fine innings ended for 122, being caught off the bowling of Steve Magoffin, the innings including 20 fours and 3 sixes.[10] Rudolph went on to hit further consecutive centuries against Worcestershire (129*) and Durham (104*). His finest moment for Yorkshire came at North Marine Road, Scarborough on 23 August where he racked up a double century against Warwickshire and helped put Yorkshire in a commanding position.

Friends Provident Trophy/Pro40

Rudolph began the 2007 one-day season opening the batting and took just 3 games to score his maiden one-day century for Yorkshire, hitting exactly 100 off 133 balls against Leicestershire. Despite Rudolph's knock, Yorkshire went on to lose the game by 6 wickets.[11] He kicked off his Pro40 season in style with 127 in a match against Kent at Scarborough in a Yorkshire win and continued his good form in the 8-wicket thrashing of Glamorgan with 49* as they went top of Division 2.

Twenty20 Cup

He made his Twenty20 debut for Yorkshire at Grace Road against Leicestershire in a televised game on 22 June 2007 during the Twenty20 Cup. In a rain reduced game (16 overs) he was the 2nd victim of a Jeremy Snape hattrick having scored 3 from 4 balls.[12] He fared considerably better in the Roses match at Old Trafford, scoring 48* from 38 balls (3 fours, 2 sixes) in a losing total of 113,[13] and remained not out until the final game of the group stages against Derbyshire.

English County Cricket - Glamorgan

On 18 September 2013, Rudolph signed a two-year contract with Glamorgan subject to approval from the South African Cricket Board. He replaced Australian Marcus North as Glamorgan's overseas player.[14] He stayed with the club for the 2015 season, and has been announced as their continued overseas player for the 2016 season.[15]


  • Jacques Rudolph - who scored 222 not out on debut - and Boeta Dippenaar shared an unbroken stand of 429 for South Africa's third wicket against Bangladesh. This is the highest partnership in Test cricket to involve one debutant.[16]


  1. ^ Including two matches for African XI
  2. ^ "Rudolph considers England future". BBC Sport. 26 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  3. ^ "Rudolph returns to Proteas fold". www.ecb.co.uk. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  4. ^ Rudolph Pledges Commitment to Yorkshire Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.. Yorkshire CCC. Retrieved on 18 April 2007
  5. ^ "Jacques Rudolph Signs Four-Year Deal At Yorkshire". Cricket World.
  6. ^ Yorkshire CCC Awards 2008 presented at Scarborough Archived 9 February 2013 at Archive.today, 19 September 2008, www.yorkshireccc.com. Retrieved on 23 September 2008.
  7. ^ Rudolph returns to Yorkshire. Yorkshire CCC. Retrieved on 3 August 2011
  8. ^ Relegation-threatened Yorkshire re-sign Jacques Rudolph. BBC. Retrieved on 3 August 2011
  9. ^ "Rudolph complete 10,000 List-A runs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  10. ^ Yorkshire beat Surrey by 346 runs. BBC Sport. Retrieved on 18 April 2007.
  11. ^ Leicestershire beat Yorkshire by 6 wickets. BBC Sport. Retrieved on 8 May 2007.
  12. ^ Snape hat-trick in Foxes triumph. BBC Sport. Retrieved on 23 June 2007
  13. ^ Lancashire secure Roses honours. BBC Sport. Retrieved on 27 June 2007
  14. ^ Jacques Rudolph signs as Glamorgan's overseas player. BBC Sport. Retrieved on 14 October 2013.
  15. ^ "BBC Sport - Glamorgan: Opener Jacques Rudolph signs two year extension". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  16. ^ "Ask Steven". Cricinfo.

External links

  • Jacques Rudolph at ESPNcricinfo
  • Jacques Rudolph at CricketArchive (subscription required)
  • YorkshireCCC profile
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