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Rudolph nears 1000 runs

2010-07-25 15:27

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – A century from Yorkshire’s in-form Jacques Rudolph led a cheeky assault on a stiff victory target of 369 in 83 overs against Essex at Chelmsford in the County Championship.

The compelling four-day match was eventually drawn as the visitors, who still narrowly lead the Division One table, shut up shop and ended on 333 for seven – only 36 short of an unlikely triumph.

At one stage they were firmly in the hunt, with the left-handed South African at the forefront of the charge.

He registered 106 and, according to Cricinfo on Sunday, “played with supreme confidence, coaxing the ball around the field with classic timing”.

But once he was dismissed the chase stuttered a little and Yorkshire settled for a share of the spoils.

Nevertheless, the innings took Rudolph significantly closer to the 1000-runs mark in the Championship: he is presently on 961 at an average of 56.52.

Only team-mate Adam Lyth, the opening batsman, has more runs in the competition at present (1184 at 62.31).

But Rudolph continues to excel for the county, where he was named in a BBC “Championship team of the season” after the 2008 season.

The 29-year-old, who has played 35 Tests for the Proteas (average 36.21) but is currently precluded from selection as he is on a Kolpak deal with Yorkshire, is known to retain some dreams of a recall for his country.

He is as comfortable opening the innings as he is at No 3, and if the South African Test team has one relative weakness it is in the other slot at the helm of the order alongside captain Graeme Smith.

The jury remains out on whether Alviro Petersen, who has blown hot and cold in early exposure, offers long-term potential in the role.
He is the same age as Rudolph and averages 34 after four Tests, although he is probably entitled to feel he deserves a few more opportunities to nail down his position.

Sport24

Comments
  • Syd - 2010-07-25 16:36

    Why is Rudolph playing overseas - simple. He is not a Quota player. He was selected twice for SA before he received his cap. Why ? cause of racism. Ask Percy Sonn to explain

  • @Syd - 2010-07-25 16:57

    No he was dropped cause he batted incredibly slow (slower than Prince) & hardly performed against the big teams. He is older & wiser now though & when his Kolpak contract is up he should be givenanother chance. What about white players that dont perform? Crawl out from under your rock.

  • Rhadi - 2010-07-26 14:53

    @ Syd, don't blame quotas for him being out of the frame for the Proteas. Well what Percy Sonn did in the 2001/2002 Australia tour was not good, picking Justin Ontong to the team when Rudolph had been selected. That is the only time I'd blame quotas in Rudolph's case. Ashwell Prince and Hashim Amla were the players Rudolph made way for in the Proteas team in his last two stints with the Test team. I'm sure you'll agree these players warranted their place in the team on form alone. RUdoplh was dropped for bad form and for batting too slowly. I'm sad about Jacques Rudolph. He first emerged as a fluent opening batsman. Maybe if he didn't decide to move down the order, South Africa's Test opening batting partnership would be a done deal

  • Beaver - 2010-07-27 07:53

    Stats don't lie. He was given 35 tests to prove himself and he averages a paltry 36. This is simply not good enough for a top-order batsman.

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