Rudolph rejoins Yorkshire

2011-07-06 21:35

London - South Africa batsman Jacques Rudolph will rejoin Yorkshire as an overseas player for the rest of the season as they bid to avoid relegation from the First Division of the County Championship.

Rudolph, 30, played for Yorkshire for four seasons before his contract was mutually terminated in 2010 so he could return to South Africa to be closer to his family as well as his reviving his stalled international career.

He scored a total of 8 629 runs during his impressive first spell at Headingley and never failed to reach 1 000 first-class runs in each season.

He has now received clearance from the England and Wales Cricket Board to rejoin Yorkshire, who are currently eighth in the nine-team First Division and in one of the relegation places.

"Jacques is a hugely respected and popular player and we have missed his contribution in all forms of the game this season," said Yorkshire coach Martyn Moxon on Wednesday.

"The entire club is very pleased to welcome him back and we look forward to his runs lifting the team in the remaining matches," the former England batsman added.


  • Goddok - 2011-07-06 23:59

    Can anyone tell me why he is out in the cold when it comes to the Proteas?

      Utopian - 2011-07-07 03:05

      He is politically untouchable due to being coincidental in three red-faced incidents where ANC meddling and racism was unmasked: 1, CricketSA infamously vetoed his selection for a test in Aus because of quotas, on which there has been serious window-dressing since. Nonetheless it destroyed Protea morale and was followed by the withdrawal of various cricket greats, including Graeme Pollock, from involvement such as selection. The ANC hates nothing more than being caught out. 2, Selected for a test against political allies India, which became huge controvercy over umpires, test status withdrawn by ICC, media frenzy again over 'unlicky Rudolph'. 3 Repeated victim, even suspiciously so, of bad umpiring esp. by Steve Bucknor. Lead to hushed official complaints to ICC and SA proposals that eventually led to introduction of UDRS. Complaints and media frenzy justified, glaring problems proven BUT CricketSA did best to hush up either because the umpire was black or 'cos they used it to get rid of Rudolph to fix quotas, this time unofficially to avoid media which very closely follow him now. If my suspicions are correct Rudolph will NEVER be selected again by SA nor England even though throughout he was innocent, never said a word nor complained, he's a compromiser, patriot and team player.

      Utopian - 2011-07-07 03:10

      Sorry that's 'unlucky' and 'controversy' - typing errors.

      Larry - 2011-07-08 12:12

      Goddok, its extremely simple. The man aint international material. If you cannot play the hook/pull shot you can forget about playing Test or even ODI cricket. The Proteas have a rich vein of pullers throughout; Hudson/Cullinan/gifted Gibbs/AB/Boucher, etc.

  • Utopian - 2011-07-07 03:19

    People like Rudolph think that it will help if they stay quiet and be the good hard-working positive patriots. However, he is proof that it doesn't work that way in SA, The media were so into him years ago he could've used the media to get reinstated like Klusener and others. But he stayed completely quiet except to say that he wants to improve...Being the good guy doesn't work in a country ruled by immorality.

  • Nawe - 2011-07-12 11:23

    Maybe we need him in the Test team definitely not the one-day team. personally i would rather see Ralie rossouw make his debut than have Jaque back

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