Thami Tsolekile comes to Australia as a standby wicketkeeper for the touring South Africa. Having already played three tests in 2004, the 32 year old would have hoped to return to the national side following Mark Boucher’s untimely retirement earlier this year.
Despite his sound glove work, Tsolekile failed to impress with the bat in his three test career, amassing just 47 runs in his five innings.
He is still well behind AB de Villiers in the pecking order, but should anything happen to the incumbent keeper, Tsolekile will be the man South Africa call upon.
Tsolekile was a member of the Highveld Lions’ squad that made the final for the CLT20 final in 2012. Given the glut of runs scored at the top of the order, he was rarely required to bat, although he did make an enterprising 20 in the final, which included two unorthodox sixes. He took six catches during the tournament, and also came up with a stumping.
More runs in First Class cricket could prompt selectors to pick de Villiers as a specialist batsman, which would see him make his long awaited return to the Test arena.