South Africa Cricket Players
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2000Lance Klusener (born on September 4, 1971 in Durban, South Africa) is a cricketer, more specifically an all-rounder. He is known for his aggressive batting and his intelligent fast-medium swing bowling. He is nicknamed "Zulu" because of his fluency in that language.
He made his Test match debut for South Africa against India in Calcutta during the second Test in 1996/97. Klusener, at the time playing primarily as a bowler, took some fearful hammering at the hands of Mohammad Azharuddin, who at one point hit him for five consecutive fours, in his first innings of his debut but returned career best figures of eight for 64 in the second. Klusener will be remembered mainly for his contributions in One-day Internationals, in which he became feared as a hard hitting batsman and was voted as Man of the Tournament during the 1999 Cricket World Cup. He was also voted as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2000. His international career has tapered off since then, due mainly to persistent ankle injuries and animosity between him and the current South African captain, Graeme Smith, after the sacking of Shaun Pollock as captain. He plays for Kwazulu-Natal (Nashua Dolphins) in the domestic level in South Africa. In 2003 Northamptonshire County Cricket Club bought him on contract until 2007.
- Full name : Lance Klusener
- Born : September 4, 1971, Durban, Natal
- Batting style : Left-hand bat
- Bowling style : Right-arm fast-medium
- Test debut : India v South Africa at Kolkata - Nov 27-Dec 1, 1996
- Last Test : Sri Lanka v South Africa at Galle - Aug 4-8, 2004
- ODI debut : South Africa v England at East London - Jan 19, 1996
- Last ODI : South Africa v West Indies at The Oval - Sep 18-19, 2004