5 South Africa-born cricketers who represented New Zealand team
South Africa has been one of the major teams in international cricket. The Proteas do not have a big ICC trophy to their name, but they have produced several world-class cricketers. Interestingly, the South Africa-born cricketers have also achieved much success, playing for other nations.
Many fans would know that England's Kevin Pietersen and Jason Roy are from South Africa. Similarly, Netherlands all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe was once a part of the South African cricket team. In this listicle today, we will look at those 5 South Africa-born cricketers who turned up for the New Zealand cricket team at the international level.
1. Colin Munro
Colin Munro is one of the most destructive batters in the world right now. The 34-year-old player has also taken wickets for the team with his right-arm medium-pace bowling.
Not many fans would know that Munro was born in Durban, South Africa. However, he moved to New Zealand and began his international career with the Blackcaps. So far, he has played one Test, 57 ODIs and 65 T20Is.
2. One of the top South Africa-born cricketers to have played for New Zealand - Grant Elliott
Grant Elliott is a former New Zealand all-rounder. He played five Tests, 83 ODI matches and 17 T20I games in his international career.
Most fans remember him because of his great performances under pressure in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Interestingly, Elliott was born in Johannesburg, but in the 2015 World Cup, he played a match-winning knock in the semifinals to knock South Africa out of the competition.
3. Devon Conway
Devon Conway has made a name for himself by becoming the first cricketer ever to score a double hundred while making his Test debut at Lord's. His inspirational story has also gone viral on the internet after his fine performance on debut.
Conway shifted from South Africa to New Zealand after selling most of his assets. His dream was to play international cricket, and he has finally fulfilled it in a grand manner.
4. One of the top South Africa-born cricketers to have played for New Zealand - Neil Wagner
Neil Wagner is one of the best Test bowlers right now. The left-arm pace bowler is currently present in the Top 3 of the ICC Test Rankings for Bowlers.
Wagner has troubled the opposition batters with his pace and swing. The New Zealand cricket team management has used him only in Test cricket so far. He is yet to make his ODI and T20I debut. Wagner was born on March 13, 1986 in Pretoria. It was in 2009 that he moved to Otago. In 2012, he was eligible to play for New Zealand, and the Blackcaps included him in their Test team very soon.
5. BJ Watling
BJ Watling is one of the most experienced active wicket-keeper batsmen in the world right now. Just like Neil Wagner, Watling has become a specialist in the Test format of the game.
Watling has made his intentions clear to retire from the sport after the World Test Championship Final. The Durban-born player has played 73 Test matches for the Kiwis in his long career.