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10 cricketers who hail from South Africa but play for other international teams

Several South Africa-born cricketers have represented other countries in international cricket due to various reasons, including opportunities, personal circumstances, or eligibility criteria.

Here are details about ten South Africa-born men’s cricketers who have played for other countries:

10 cricketers who were born in South Africa but play for other countries

1. Jason Roy (England):

Jason Roy
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  • Born: July 21, 1990, in Durban, South Africa.
  • Reason for Leaving South Africa: Jason Roy‘s family emigrated to England when he was 10 years old. Growing up in England, he honed his cricketing skills and progressed through the county system. He eventually became eligible to represent the England national team as an explosive opening batter. Known for his aggressive style, Roy played a crucial role in England’s 2019 Cricket World Cup victory.

2. Neil Wagner (New Zealand):

Neil Wagner
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  • Born: March 13, 1986, in Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Reason for Leaving South Africa: Neil Wagner sought cricketing opportunities abroad and decided to move to New Zealand. After residing in New Zealand, he met the eligibility criteria to represent the New Zealand cricket team. Wagner is renowned for his left-arm pace and ability to extract bounce from pitches.

3. Devon Conway (New Zealand):

Devon Conway
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  • Born: July 8, 1991, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Reason for Leaving South Africa: Devon Conway relocated to New Zealand and intended to settle there. Following a residency period, he became eligible to represent the New Zealand national team. Conway is a stylish left-handed bat and wicketkeeper, known for his consistency.

4. Andrew Strauss (England):

Andrew Strauss
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  • Born: March 2, 1977, in Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Reason for Leaving South Africa: Andrew Strauss‘s family moved to England when he was a child. Strauss went on to become a respected opening batter and captain of the England cricket team. He had a successful international career and played a key role in England’s Ashes victories.

5. Michael Neser (Australia):

Michael Neser
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  • Born: March 29, 1990, in Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Reason for Leaving South Africa: Michael Neser pursued opportunities in Australia cricket, joining Queensland in domestic cricket. His performances in Australia led to him becoming eligible to represent the Australian national team. Neser is a pace-bowling all-rounder known for his ability with both bat and ball.

6. Marnus Labuschagne (Australia):

Marnus Labuschagne
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  • Born: June 22, 1994, in Klerksdorp, South Africa.
  • Reason for Leaving South Africa: Marnus Labuschagne‘s family relocated to Australia when he was a child. He developed his cricketing skills in Australia and established himself as a key player in the Australian cricket team. Labuschagne is known for his solid batting technique and leg-spin bowling.

7. Grant Elliott (New Zealand):

Grant Elliott
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  • Born: March 21, 1979, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Reason for Leaving South Africa: Grant Elliott moved to New Zealand, where he met the residency requirements to play for the New Zealand national team. He made a significant impact in New Zealand cricket, most notably with his match-winning performance in the 2015 Cricket World Cup semifinal against South Africa.

8. Keaton Jennings (England):

Keaton Jennings
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  • Born: June 19, 1992, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Reason for Leaving South Africa: Keaton Jennings relocated to England for educational reasons. He later qualified to play for the England cricket team, making his debut as an opening batsman. Jennings is recognized for his sound technique and ability to handle the new ball.

9. Craig Kieswetter (England):

Craig Kieswetter
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  • Born: November 28, 1987, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Reason for Leaving South Africa: Craig Kieswetter moved to England to pursue a career in professional cricket. After meeting the residency requirements, he played as a wicketkeeper-batter for the England cricket team. Kieswetter was part of England’s ICC World Twenty20-winning squad in 2010.

10. Robin Smith (England):

Robin Smith
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  • Born: September 13, 1963, in Durban, South Africa.
  • Reason for leaving South Africa: Robin Smith, known as “The Judge,” was a successful English cricketer with a South African background. He was a key member of the England cricket team in the 1990s. He had British parents so he qualified to play for England.

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Here are the two South African-born cricketers who represent associate nations

1. Ryan ten Doeschate (Netherlands):

Ryan Ten Doeschate
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  • Born: June 30, 1980, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
  • Reason for Representing Netherlands: Ryan ten Doeschate’s family relocated to the Netherlands when he was a teenager. He subsequently qualified to play for the Dutch national team. Ten Doeschate is one of the most celebrated Dutch cricketers, known for his all-round abilities and valuable contributions in limited-overs cricket.

2. Michael Rippon (Netherlands):

Michael Rippon
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  • Born: Sep 14, 1991, in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Reason for Representing Netherlands: Michael Rippon moved to New Zealand to pursue cricket opportunities and played for Otago. After residing in New Zealand, he met the eligibility criteria to represent the Dutch national team. Rippon is a left-arm spinner known for his ability to turn the ball.

These cricketers have embraced opportunities in associate nations, largely due to family relocations or personal cricketing journeys, and have become integral parts of their respective national teams.

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