International Left-Handers Day is celebrated on 13 August every year, and it is an opportune time to remember the Proteas’ best southpaws.
Graeme Smith (captain)
- That characteristically heavy bottom hand earned the former Proteas captain more than 17,000 runs in international cricket.
Quinton de Kock (wicketkeeper)
- Cricket South Africa’s reigning Test Cricketer of the Year has the country’s most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in T20I cricket – second only to Mark Boucher in ODIs and Tests.
- The former India and Proteas coach will work with the Durban Heat in the Mzansi Super League later this year and the Cardiff-based team during The Hundred in 2020.
- The veteran left-hander retired from all forms of international cricket after the 2019 World Cup and was part of the Winnipeg Hawks’ title-winning squad in this month’s Global T20 Canada.
- Recently named Cricket South Africa’s T20I Player of the Year, the Dolphins star has also been retained by the Heat for the 2019 Mzansi Super League.
- The hard-hitting left-hander’s first six ODI innings yielded four ducks. He improved, but later ended a Proteas career with a Kolpak contract with Hampshire in English county cricket.
- Player of the Tournament at the 1999 World Cup, the ambidextrous all-rounder bowled right-handed and batted left. His coaching career will continue with the Glasgow Giants in the inaugural Euro T20 Slam.
- Like Rossouw, this left-arm all-rounder quit international cricket for a Kolpak contract in the County Championship. He is currently with Worcestershire.
- The man who replaced Dale Steyn in the 2019 World Cup and whose Caribbean Premier League contract remains in the balance.
- The left-arm pace ace whose international career was stunted by political isolation and later cut short by injury.
- Dubbed ‘a frog in a blender’ for that weird bowling action, the former let-arm wrist-spinner was recently enlisted to work with some of South Africa’s batsmen in India.
Also: Lonwabo Tsotobe, Ashwell Prince, Tabraiz Shamsi, Ryan McLaren, Beuran Hendricks, Nicky Boje, Paul Harris, Stiaan van Zyl, Colin Ingram, Robin Peterson, Kepler Wessels, Albie Morkel, Jacques Rudolph, Dean Elgar.
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