Jacobus Andries Rudolph (born 4 May 1981 in Springs, South Africa), popularly known as Jacques Rudolph, is a former South African Test and ODI cricketer currently playing in England with Yorkshire CCC.
Jacques attended Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool
(Afrikaans High School for Boys, also known as Affies), a public school located in Pretoria
. He attended alongside AB De Villiers
, a fellow South African international cricketer.
Rudolph was chosen for South Africa's Test team in 2003 having previously had his selection for the 2002 New Year's Test against Australia in Sydney
overruled by cricket officials due to the South African
practice of obeying a 'quota' of non-white players. The selectors noticed him during one of his many impressive performances in domestic cricket.
On his debut Test match against Bangladesh he scored 222 not out, his best first class score. He also broke the South African 3rd wicket partnership record, alongside Boete Dippenaar, reaching 429* against Bangladesh at Chittagong. He saved a Test for South Africa in the Perth Test match in December 2005 after defying the Australian bowlers for more than a day to score 102* and ensure a draw. After declaring himself unavailable for selection by South Africa after agreeing to join Yorkshire County Cricket Club under the Kolpak ruling he has since stated he doesn't want to represent South Africa again and hopes to possibly represent England, qualifying by residency, after deciding to buy a house and live permanently in Yorkshire.
South Africa domestic cricket
Rudolph plays for the Gestetner Diamond Eagles
in South Africa. He has previously represented the Nashua Titans
English County Cricket - Yorkshire
Although still centrally contracted, Rudolph signed a 3-year deal in 2007 to play for Yorkshire under the Kolpak ruling. In doing so he declared himself unavailable for selection for the duration of the contract. Rudolph currently wears the squad number 24 for Yorkshire and in October 2007 further committed himself to the county, signing a 4-year deal which will keep him at the club until 2011.
In 2008, Rudolph was awarded both the Players' Player, and fans Player of the Year awards for Yorkshire.
He made a record breaking century debut versus Surrey
at The Oval
during the County Championship
. Yorkshire had made a shaky start, but alongside promising all-rounder Adil Rashid
, Rudolph helped make 190 and in the process break a record 6th wicket partnership against Surrey for Yorkshire. The record had stood since George Hirst
and Irving Washington posted 134 in 1902. Rudolph's fine innings ended for 122, being caught off the bowling of Steve Magoffin
, the innings including 20 fours and 3 sixes. Rudolph went on to hit further consecutive centuries against Worcestershire
(129*) and Durham
(104*). His finest moment for Yorkshire came at North Marine Road
on 23 August where he racked up a double century against Warwickshire
and helped put Yorkshire in a commanding position.
Friends Provident Trophy/Pro40
Rudolph began the 2007 one-day season opening the batting and took just 3 games to score his maiden one-day century for Yorkshire, hitting exactly 100 off 133 balls against Leicestershire
. Despite Rudolph's knock, Yorkshire went on to lose the game by 6 wickets. He kicked off his Pro40 season in style with 127 in a match against Kent
at Scarborough in a Yorkshire win and continued his good form in the 8-wicket thrashing of Glamorgan
with 49* as they went top of Division 2.
He made his Twenty20
debut for Yorkshire at Grace Road
in a televised game on 22 June 2007 during the Twenty20 Cup
. In a rain reduced game (16 overs) he was the 2nd victim of a Jeremy Snape hattrick
having scored 3 from 4 balls. He fared considerably better in the Roses match
at Old Trafford
, scoring 48* from 38 balls (3 fours, 2 sixes)in a losing total of 113, and remained not out until the final game of the group stages against Derbyshire