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Rilee Rossouw

Batsman
Shirt Number
30
DOB:
09/10/1989
Born
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Debut:
April 2017 v Yorkshire
Best Performance:
156 v Somerset (May, 2017)

Rilee Rossouw is a left-handed top-order batsman.

He was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa and has represented his country in 51 limited-overs matches since making his debut in 2014.

Rossouw began his career at domestic side, Free State and was considered a promising young talent when selected to feature in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup for his home nation.

The left-hander was quick to impress upon his return, featuring for the Knights franchise where he topped the side’s run-scoring totals in the 2008-09 season. The following year was better still, as he led the first-class run-scoring totals with 1189 runs at an average of 66.05.

His sensational domestic form continued for the following three seasons which earned him regular appearances for South Africa A and his ability with the bat in the limited-overs formats also saw him snapped up by the IPL’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2014.

The same year saw him included in South Africa’s ODI squad for their series’ against Zimbabwe and Australia and he was also rewarded with an IT20 debut, against Australia in which he scored a blistering 78.

Just two months later, Rossouw notched his first International century, hitting an excellent 128 from just 115 balls against West Indies before also featuring in the ICC World Cup in six fixtures.

The 27-year-old’s final International appearance came in October 2016 as he hit a sensational 122 at quicker than a run a ball to secure a 5-0 ODI series-win over Australia.

In January 2017 it was announced that Rossouw had signed for Hampshire on a three-year deal, and the batsman made an immediate impact, smashing 156 against Somerset in the Royal London One-Day Cup. The batsman opened the batting alongside James Vince in the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast.

The South African scored 451 runs in the limited-overs format, but his season was cut short after fracturing his finger in the NatWest T20 Blast defeat to Essex in August.

  • Rossouw walks off after scoring a match-winning half-century against Middlesex at Lord's in the 2017 T20 Blast

    Rossouw walks off after scoring a match-winning half-century against Middlesex at Lord's in the 2017 T20 Blast
  • Rossouw smashes the ball over cover in Hampshire's T20 Blast win over Middlesex at the Ageas Bowl

    Rossouw smashes the ball over cover in Hampshire's T20 Blast win over Middlesex at the Ageas Bowl
  • Rossouw pummels the ball over the leg-side in Hampshire's T20 Blast victory over Sussex at Hove

    Rossouw pummels the ball over the leg-side in Hampshire's T20 Blast victory over Sussex at Hove
  • Rossouw is mobbed by his team-mates after taking a brilliant catch in the T20 Blast match against Middlesex in 2017

    Rossouw is mobbed by his team-mates after taking a brilliant catch in the T20 Blast match against Middlesex in 2017
  • Rossouw pulls the ball into the leg-side in Hampshire's One-Day Cup clash with Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl in May 2017

    Rossouw pulls the ball into the leg-side in Hampshire's One-Day Cup clash with Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl in May 2017
  • Rossouw flicks the ball off his legs during a One-Day Cup clash with Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl in May 2017

    Rossouw flicks the ball off his legs during a One-Day Cup clash with Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl in May 2017