Jacques Rudolph is currently in the second phase of his career as a South African batsman, after previously moving to England on a three year Kolpak deal back in 2007.
His Test career started brilliantly, as he hit an unbeaten 222 on debut against Bangladesh in 2003.
His stocks continued to soar, when he defied the Australian attack at the WACA to salvage an unlikely draw. His 102* lasted over a day, and saw off some of the best bowlers Australian cricket has ever produced.
A paltry return series against the Aussies saw the talented left-hander average just 20 in six innings on home soil. Another up and down season forced him to re-evaluate his career; which saw him cut ties with South African cricket in a bid to restore his confidence in the game.
Upon his return in 2011, Rudolph impressed selectors with a tournament topping 954 runs in the SuperSport series.
Rudolph has since returned to Test cricket, and was a part of South Africa’s historic series win in England, where his side reclaimed top spot.
The left hander has had a solid build up to the series, leading the Nashua Titans to a spot in the semi-finals at the CLT20. His 172 runs at 57.33 were a standout for a team that wasn’t expected to go very far.
With plenty of runs on the board, he could be a persistent thorn in the side of Australian bowlers for the next month.