Cricket

De Lange: I’m done with international cricket

2017-04-06 13:07
Marchant de Lange (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Fast bowler Marchant de Lange has no intentions to play international cricket for South Africa in future.

This comes after the 26-year-old earlier this week signed a three-year contract with Welsh county cricket club, Glamorgan.

De Lange played two Tests, four ODIs and six T20Is for the Proteas but did not qualify through the Kolpak route taken by several South Africans because he had not featured enough at international level in recent times.

However, he secured the move through his wife holding a British passport, so he will not be classed as an overseas player.

"I'm done with international cricket. That's a chapter in my life I'm closing," De Lange was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

"My goals are different and I'm eager to be part of a county team. I haven't been picked in the last five years. My commitment, vision and goals have changed."

De Lange will return to the Bloemfontein-based Knights in the South African summer to play as their overseas player.

"Basically if I go back, I'll play as an overseas player. I'm a local over here now, which is nice to say," he added.

Glamorgan’s captain is former Proteas batsman Jacques Rudolph and De Lange admitted that Rudolph had played a part in him joining the county.

De Lange, who played the last of his two Tests for South Africa in 2012 and his last one-day international in 2016, will be a valuable asset to Glamorgan, their CEO and Director of Cricket Hugh Morris said.

"We are delighted to have signed Marchant de Lange and to see him arrive in Wales today," Morris told Glamorgan’s official website on Tuesday.

“Marchant is a top quality fast bowler who is in the prime of his career and will add a real cutting-edge to our bowling attack. As we complete our preparations ahead of the new season signing a player of Marchant’s ability is a great boost to our prospects for all forms of the game.”

Glamorgan open their second division County Championship campaign against Northamptonshire on Friday.

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