[5] South Africa desperately needed to win their next match against the West Indies and, thanks to a vicious bowling assault on their batsmen, the South Africans claimed victory. This included 179 in the third Test,[9] which remained his top score. [28], After retiring he coached English county side Northamptonshire from 2003 to 2006. [31] In 2018, Wessels became a member of the Cricket Australia Supplementary Referee Panel.[32][33]. As a South African with little hope of playing Test cricket for his country, Wessels joined the "circus" to take advantage of the better pay and conditions that the WSC offered. Wessels commented on the criticism in his biography, saying: "It was almost as if they thought we should win every series 4–0. Because of his South African background, Wessels was seen by many players and officials as one of the major contacts for the Rebel Tour amongst the Australian players. A right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper, Wessels has played for Marylebone Cricket Club, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire, and also for the Mid West Rhinos in Zimbabwe and the Sydney Sixers in Australia. The World Series was disbanded after that. Wessles was the first cricketer to play One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for two countries. He was accused of killing the game and ruining what was supposed to be the annual showpiece of South African cricket, by not giving his opponents, Transvaal, a fair chance at batting. His superb innings laid the foundation for Grey's first victory over Queen's in 18 years.[5]. It turned out to be Wessels' last match of the tour, following a hand injury during play. [17] It was in the fifth Test, however, which saw him totally dominate the West Indian bowlers with 173. Each perfect delivery was followed by another perfect delivery. As a South African with little hope of playing Test cricket for his country, Wessels joined the "circus" to take advantage of the better pay and conditions that the WSC offered. Wessels scored 4 and 20 in the first Test[11] and 4 and 4 in the second Test,[12] before injury ruled him out of the rest of the series. Sally runs a psychology practice north of Brisbane and Kepler jokes that as "a lost cause" he is a bad advertisement for her business. [26], He led the side to England in the summer of 1994, drawing the three Test series 1–1. View popular celebrities life details, birth signs and real ages. Unfortunately, Wessels was unable to maintain his form during the 1985 Ashes Tour of England. Kepler Wessels’s income source is mostly from being a successful Cricketer. He played first-class cricket for Orange Free State, Western Province, Northern Transvaal, Eastern Province and Griqualand West in South Africa, for Queensland in Australia and Sussex in England. In 2008, he was chosen to coach the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Wessels was alone in resisting the devastating bowling of Richard Hadlee, scoring 70 out of Australia's first innings total of 179. He was signed as a specialist batsman by the Sydney Sixers in the 2014/2015 Big Bash League tournament in Australia. Kepler Christoffel Wessels played international cricket for both South Africa and Australia. With the help of Johan Volsteedt (who was the first team captain), Wessels was allowed to participate in the net practices and soon cricket became his main activity during summer. The second, and arguably most memorable, test was played out in front of a capacity crowd in Sydney. Wessels has steadfastly denied this accusation. Kepler Wessels’s income source is mostly from being a successful Cricketer. Wessels was born in Queensland, Australia, where his father was playing domestic cricket at the time. We have estimated Kepler Wessels's net worth, money, salary, income, and assets. Wessels was, at times, heavily criticised for his alleged inability to play one-day cricket. Finally, Wessels was included in the Australian XI, for a one-day game against the WSC World XI, which included four fellow South Africans. [3] Since retiring he has been a lawn bowls competitor.[4]. Cricket was still Wessels' profession, and he played a full season (1985/86) of Sheffield Shield Cricket for Queensland where he scored 957 runs at an average of 50.37. Wessels' final match for Australia was the first Test against New Zealand in Brisbane, 8–12 November 1985. He became the first South-African born person to play for Australia, and the 13th Australian player to score a century on debut. However, thanks to some heroic bowling and batting by the visitors, Australia was eventually set a winning target of 117 runs in the second innings. However, due to the poor performance of almost all of Australia's batting in that match, he was retained for the second Test. Given the dominance of West Indian bowling at the time, and the fragility of the Australian batting line-up, Wessels' performance during that series was world class. Following a heavy defeat at the Oval, however, where he made the second highest score of 28 with the bat during a major collapse in the second innings,[27] he retired from Test cricket and was replaced as captain by Hansie Cronje. Any hope that Wessels and other new Australian batsmen would cope against the West Indian fast bowling was dashed. He was never dismissed for a duck during his 105 ODI innings; no other retired player can boast this feat for a career longer than 50 innings.[34]. Although he scored three fifties (top score 83), Wessels ended the series with 368 runs at an average of 33.45. Skip to content. On the back street, just metres ahead, an old car tyre wobbles drunkenly onto the street. [5] However, due to the fact that he played as an under-16 against adults, Wessels began to lose regularly in senior tournaments. The home side was bowled out for 110 runs, and South Africa won their first Test match against Australia since 1969. [5] However, after a close encounter with death, due to nephritis, Kepler's father decided that his son would no longer be allowed to participate in swimming. Despite Wessels scoring 166 and 29 in his last match for Queensland, and despite a dominating all-round performance from his team, the match ended in a draw, which allowed NSW to win the Sheffield Shield. Despite the local outrage, Wessels led the unknown South African side in the tournament. In 2008, he coached the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings and later returned to coaching in South Africa. [13] After scoring only 13 and 0 in the first Test,[14] Wessels was in danger of being dropped from the Australian side. He later moved to the Highveld Lions franchise in South Africa as a consultant. For the first time in his Test career, Wessels' form had deserted him and he was not a certainty for selection when the West Indians toured Australia in 1984/85. He was never dismissed for a duck during his 105 ODI innings; no other retired player can boast this feat for a career longer than 40 innings. As a result, South Africa could now play Test and One-day international cricket. During the Supertest final between Australia and the World XI, Wessels scored 27 in his first innings, but experienced a miserable second one. [5] South Africa thus required 21 runs off one ball, although the scoreboard initially displayed a target of 22. England reached a total of 252 for 6 (in 45 overs) and South Africa required a run-rate of 5.62 to win. In April 1983, Australia played their inaugural Test match against Sri Lanka. As a result of these credentials, he was chosen to captain the inexperienced South African side to the 1992 Cricket World Cup, which would signal the country's return to official international cricket. In 2008, he coached the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings and later returned to coaching in South Africa. From the Channel Nine commentary box, Tony Greig went as far as to say that Wessels "went through a period when his temperament was totally against everything that one-day cricket stood for. During winter, he played tennis, at which he won so frequently that, by 1973, he was the number 1 under-16 player in South Africa and was offered a scholarship of $25 000 over four years from the University of Houston. Since retiring he has taken up lawn bowls, playing for the Belgravia Bowls Club and has twice finished runner-up in the National Championships; in 2013 in the fours event and again in 2016 in the pairs event with Gerry Baker. Once again, criticism against Wessels started to mount back in South Africa, with many analysts believing that South Africa's problems were caused by the captain's conservative approach to one-day cricket. Shane Warne took seven wickets in the first innings and everything seemed lost for the South Africans. Although he scored three fifties (top score 83), Wessels ended the series with 368 runs at an average of 33.45. Cricket was still Wessels' profession, and he played a full season (1985/86) of Sheffield Shield Cricket for Queensland where he scored 957 runs at an average of 50.37. As a result, South Africa could now play Test and One-day international cricket. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? In April 1983, Australia played their inaugural Test match against Sri Lanka. During his first game, two short balls had struck him in the ribs and on the chest, and in both cases, he refused to leave the field and battled on to score a 54 from the innings. [25], During the 1993/94 international season, Wessels' cricketing career reached full circle, as he captained the South African side in a tour to Australia. By the end of 1969, his batting average for Grey College (after nine innings) was 259.59. The decision to name Wessels captain over such local heroes as Rice and Cook (who both didn't even make the side) was met by widespread controversy. He made 76 against Zimbabwe but it was not enough to save Australia from defeat. His involvement in this tour re-ignited suspicions that he was one of the covert organizers, but it was the last time Wessels ever represented Australia in cricket. The fourth test in Cape Town, in particular, was condemned across the cricketing world. We will update Kepler Wessels's Height, weight, Body Measurements, Eye Color, Hair Color, Shoe & Dress size soon as possible. Former Australian captain and teammate Kim Hughes, had publicly supported Wessels on this fact, saying: "Kepler hits so many boundaries that he is always going to score enough runs and, even in one-day cricket, you need someone who can anchor the innings. He scored only 3 in the second innings, with Australia suffering its heaviest defeat against New Zealand. So, how much is Kepler Wessels worth at the age of 63 years old? We have estimated Kepler Wessels's net worth, money, salary, income, and assets. South African cricketer Kepler Wessels with his wife, Sally, 12th September 1979. Since retiring he has been a lawn bowls competitor. He was dismissed by West Indian fast bowler Joel Garner three times, and was nicknamed "Joel's bunny" as a result. Wessels was also included in the 1986-7 Australian rebel tour to South Africa, where he played for Australia.

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