10 South Africa-born players playing for other countries now
South Africa has been one of the top cricketing nations in the entire world. The rainbow nation has produced many world-class cricketers like AB de Villiers, Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock, Jacques Kallis, Faf du Plessis, Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener, and many others.
Glenn Phillips is the 26th Test cricketer born in South Africa to play for another country.— Andrew Samson (@AWSStats) January 3, 2020
Aus 2 (includes K Wessels who also played for SA)
However, South African cricket has not been able to retain every Superstar born in its country. Due to various reasons, many cricketers who take birth in South Africa end up representing other nations. There are many current players who have South African origin. Still, they are playing for the other countries at the international level.
Here’s a list featuring top ten South Africa-born players playing for other countries.
Jason Roy - England
Jason Roy was born in Durban, South Africa. He switched to England and became one of the top opening batsmen in white-ball cricket. Roy was a part of the English World Cup winning team.
The right-handed batsman has scored 3483 runs in 89 ODI innings. He has registered nine ODI hundreds and 18 fifties. Roy has also played 5 Tests and 38 T20Is.
Tom Curran - England
Another English cricketer to feature on this list is all-rounder Tom Curran. Like Jason Roy, Curran won the ICC Cricket World Cup with England last year.
Tom has played for the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. He has represented the English team in 2 Tests, 24 ODIs, and 27 T20Is. Curran was born in Cape Town.
Devon Conway - New Zealand
New Zealand’s newest international cricketer Devon Conway was born in Johannesburg. Conway played domestic cricket for Dolphins, Gauteng, and Lions.
However, he decided to switch to New Zealand a few years ago. He soon dominated Kiwis’ domestic arena. The selectors called him recently for the series versus West Indies.
Roelof van der Merwe - The Netherlands
Happy birthday Roelof van der Merwe! pic.twitter.com/zV9V4HboY9— ICC (@ICC) December 31, 2019
Former South African all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe is a Dutch cricketer now. The former RCB player was born in Johannesburg.
He plays in county cricket for Somerset. Roelof van der Merwe has played 15 ODIs and 43 T20Is. The all-rounder made his T20I debut for the Netherlands in 2015 against Nepal.
Keaton Jennings - England
Keaton Jennings is an upcoming English batsman. He made his Test debut against the Indian cricket team when the English team visited India in 2016.
The left-handed batsman was born in Johannesburg. He has played 17 Test matches for England. Jennings once played for the South African U-19 team also.
Nick Compton - England
Nick Compton is another English batsman who made his Test debut against India. He represented the English cricket team in 16 Test matches.
Compton is 37 years old at the moment. He was born in Durban. The right-handed batsman completed his education in South Africa before moving to the United Kingdom.
Stuart Meaker - England
England has many South Africa-born players in their cricketing circles. Right-arm fast-medium bowler Stuart Meaker is one of them.
Meaker has played two ODIs and two T20Is for the England cricket team. He was born in Natal, South Africa. The 31-year-old played all his matches against the Indian cricket team in 2011-12.
Jade Dernbach - England
Jade Dernbach is a right-arm medium pacer who has played 24 ODIs and 34 T20Is for England. Like many others on this list, Dernbach was born in Johannesburg.
The medium fast bowler has taken 70 international wickets for England so far. Jade has been away from the cricket field for quite some time now.
Marnus Labuschagne - Australia
🇦🇺 Marnus Labuschagne's last nine innings on home soil 👀— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) December 18, 2020
India will be pleased to see the back of him! ☝️ pic.twitter.com/K5QKZqphbD
Current Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne was born in South Africa’s North West Province. He has become a massive star for the Australian team.
Labuschagne has scored 1,512 runs in 15 Test matches. He has already scored four centuries and eight fifties in his brief Test career.
Rusty Theron - United States of America
That winning feeling! 🙌💪— USA Cricket (@usacricket) November 26, 2019
Check out the match-report as Rusty Theron was the hero closing out a thrilling win to end #TeamUSA🇺🇸's #Super50 campaign with triumph over Guyana Jaguars🇬🇾
🔗LINK➡️: https://t.co/3Z6LLsfSAQ pic.twitter.com/HQEosabuMP
Former South African pace bowler Rusty Theron came into the spotlight with his incredible performances in the CLT20. Theron played 4 ODI matches for South Africa.
Later, he migrated to the United States. He received an opportunity to play for the USA Cricket team. Theron has played nine ODIs for the USA Cricket team so far.
Glenn Phillips - New Zealand
The last name to feature on this list is wicket-keeper batsman Glenn Phillips. The 24-year-old was born in East London, South Africa.
He moved to New Zealand at the age of five. Phillips has played one Test match and 15 T20Is for the Kiwis. He is yet to make his ODI debut.