Wessels' last act for Queensland was a creditable individual bowling performance of 16–5–26–2, including the wicket of a young Mark Waugh.. 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. We will update Kepler Wessels's Height, weight, Body Measurements, Eye Color, Hair Color, Shoe & Dress size soon as possible. 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. On 7 November 2008, Wessels signed a new contract extension along with fellow Northamptonshire wicket keeper Niall O'Brien, keeping Riki at the club until 2010..  The fourth test in Cape Town, in particular, was condemned across the cricketing world.  After scoring only 13 and 0 in the first Test, Wessels was in danger of being dropped from the Australian side. At 63 years old, Kepler Wessels height not available right now.  However, due to the fact that he played as an under-16 against adults, Wessels began to lose regularly in senior tournaments. He scored 40 and 70 from the next two games respectively, after which the West Indies led the series 2–1. Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh all retired from Australian cricket at the end of the series, and much was expected of Wessels (and others) to score consistently in the upcoming series against the West Indies. In 2008, he coached the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings and later returned to coaching in South Africa. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Kepler and his wife, Sally, have been together since 1979. Before moving to Australia, Wessels had played for Orange Free State, Western Province and Northern Transvaal. 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, he retired from Test cricket and was replaced as captain by Hansie Cronje. Wessels' last act for Queensland was a creditable individual bowling performance of 16–5–26–2, including the wicket of a young Mark Waugh. Wessels was the subject of much criticism during his cricket career, especially from his country of birth, South Africa. Although he played 109 One Day Internationals for both Australia and South Africa, he averaged only 34.35, at a strike rate of 55.3, and scored only one ODI century in his career. Two overs (or 12 balls) were lost and when play resumed, South Africa's new target was calculated by subtracting the number of runs England had scored in their two least productive overs (those totalling just one run). It turned out to be Wessels' last match of the tour, following a hand injury during play. Any hope that Wessels and other new Australian batsmen would cope against the West Indian fast bowling was dashed. Four days before the semi-final, South African President F.W. The World Series was disbanded after that. Wessels also played in the 1983 World Cup. Playing against Australia in their opening match, they produced what was arguably the biggest surprise of the tournament, beating the hosts by nine wickets. He also captained the side in Border's absence, and was unlucky not to captain the first Queensland side to win the Sheffield Shield. The two teams scored a total of 795 runs in 433.4 overs, at an average of only 1.83 runs per over and ended in a draw. , University of Northampton notable players, "Riki Wessels - Sydney Sixers - Big Bash League", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Riki_Wessels&oldid=979446929, Australian emigrants to the United Kingdom, Short description is different from Wikidata, Use Australian English from September 2012, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Pages containing links to subscription-only content, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 September 2020, at 20:38.  The media was unaware that Wessels had already signed for Packer. It is likely that the impending rebel tour to South Africa affected Wessels' concentration during the 1985 Ashes tour. 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. Unfortunately, Wessels was unable to maintain his form during the 1985 Ashes Tour of England. But it is the prospect of a seventh that is troubling him most. Wessels played in each of the five Tests against Pakistan, scoring 256 runs at an average of 42.66. 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. The first Test match of the tour, in Melbourne, was drawn. He was dismissed by West Indian fast bowler Joel Garner three times, and was nicknamed "Joel's bunny" as a result. The home side was bowled out for 110 runs, and South Africa won their first Test match against Australia since 1969. While this was not a failure, it was certainly below his best. Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 63 years old? He was instrumental in Australia's victory by seven wickets and was given the "Man of the Match" award. Despite this moderately good form, Wessels was outscored by five other Australian players who took advantage of the poor quality Pakistan bowling.. This was blamed on remarkable bowling from the West Indian pacemen, with one reporter commenting; 'They [Walsh and Ambrose] pitched everything on off stump and let a pitch stricken by multiple-personality disorder do the rest. Although he scored three fifties (top score 83), Wessels ended the series with 368 runs at an average of 33.45. In the second innings, however, he top scored with 61, giving the selectors no option but to include him for the third Test. The one-day series involved a best-of-five final between Australia and the West Indies and Wessels scored an unbeaten 136 during the first match which was the only century in the WSC International Cup, during one of the finest one-day innings of his career. ' Wessels contributed 59 and 74 in this Test. In the late 1970s, Wessels was drafted by Kerry Packer to play for the Australian World Series Cricket Team. As a result, South Africa could now play Test and One-day international cricket. Wessels was forced to return to South Africa because of his injury, thus missing out on the rest of the tour. At 18 he was playing professionally in England, opening the batting for Sussex. The team did a lap of honor around the Sydney Cricket Ground, providing one of the most lasting images of the tournament. Wessels and his team were to play against England in Sydney.  South Africa thus required 21 runs off one ball, although the scoreboard initially displayed a target of 22. 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. Any hope that Wessels and other new Australian batsmen would cope against the West Indian fast bowling was dashed. The series was drawn 1–1, and Wessels was criticized for 'baffling' captaincy in the final Test by failing to declare and allowing the tail to score slowly when South Africa seemed to be in a position to win the match and the series. During the 1993/94 international season, Wessels' cricketing career reached full circle, as he captained the South African side in a tour to Australia. Discover today's celebrity birthdays and explore famous people who share your birthday. Wessels was alone in resisting the devastating bowling of Richard Hadlee, scoring 70 out of Australia's first innings total of 179. Since retiring he has been a lawn bowls competitor. Wessels was alone in resisting the devastating bowling of Richard Hadlee, scoring 70 out of Australia's first innings total of 179. Kepler Christoffel Wessels (born 14 September 1957) is a South African-Australian cricket commentator and former cricketer who captained South Africa after playing 24 Tests for Australia. Wessels was born in Queensland, Australia, where his father was playing domestic cricket at the time. View popular celebrities life details, birth signs and real ages. The second, and arguably most memorable, test was played out in front of a capacity crowd in Sydney. 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.  By the end of 1969, his batting average for Grey College (after nine innings) was 259.59. 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