Lonwabo Tsotsobe

Lonwabo Lennox Tsotsobe (born 7 March 1984) is a former South African cricketer who played for the Dolphins and brother to Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe
Tsotsobe playing for South Africa against Somerset in 2012.
Personal information
Full nameLonwabo Lennox Tsotsobe
Born (1984-03-07) 7 March 1984 (age 36)
Port Elizabeth, Cape Province, South Africa
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
BowlingLeft-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 309)10 June 2010 v West Indies
Last Test2–6 January 2011 v India
ODI debut (cap 95)30 January 2009 v Australia
Last ODI11 December 2013 v India
ODI shirt no.68
T20I debut (cap 20)11 January 2009 v Australia
Last T20I27 March 2014 v Netherlands
Domestic team information
2004–2006Eastern Province
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 5 61 56 129
Runs scored 19 55 268 107
Batting average 6.33 6.87 6.09 6.29
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 8* 16* 27* 16*
Balls bowled 870 2,964 9,423 6,024
Wickets 9 94 185 184
Bowling average 49.77 24.96 27.24 27.08
5 wickets in innings 0 0 5 1
10 wickets in match n/a 0 1 n/a
Best bowling 3/43 4/22 7/39 5/28
Catches/stumpings 1/– 9/– 13/– 19/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 16 January 2015

In November 2008, he received his first national call-up, with his selection for the test leg of the tour of Australia.[1] He was later selected for the ODI leg as well.[2]

In April 2011, Tsotsobe signed to play as an overseas player for Essex County Cricket Club in English county cricket.[3] His form dipped and after taking five wickets from three first-class matches in the second division of the County Championship was dropped from the team. In five one-day matches Tsotsobe managed eight wickets. He expressed his frustration at the situation, remarking that the time he spent with Essex was "the worst two months [of his] life".[4]

In April 2016, he was charged by Cricket South Africa (CSA) with corruption in relation to matches in the 2015–16 Ram Slam T20 Challenge.[5] He was suspended from all cricket as a result.[5] In July 2017, following the completion of the corruption investigation, he was banned for eight years.[6]

International careerEdit

Lonwabe Tsotobe training at the Sydney Cricket Ground, 1 January 2009.

Tsotsobe made his international debut for South Africa in a Twenty20 International against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 11 January 2009.

On 30 January, he took 4/50 from nine overs in his ODI debut against Australia. South Africa went on to win the match by 39 runs, and the ODI series by 4–1.

He made his Test debut in the first match against the West Indies in Trinidad in June 2010.[7]

He then participated in the second Twenty20 International vs Zimbabwe in place of the injured Morné Morkel and after conceding two fours in his opening over he took the crucial wicket of Hamilton Masakadza. He was a member of the South African squad for the 2011 World Cup, in which South Africa reached the quarter-finals. Tsotsobe is said to have the ability to produce low economy rates and bowl deliveries between 120–135 km/h.

South Africa has decided not to include Tsotsobe into the test team to Australia in 2012–13 as they choose pace bowler Rory Kleinveldt instead.


  1. ^ "Uncapped Tsotsobe in Test squad for Australia". Cricinfo. 22 November 2008.
  2. ^ "South Africa ODI Squad". Cricinfo.
  3. ^ Essex sign Tsotsobe as overseas player, ESPNcricinfo, 8 April 2011, retrieved 24 May 2011
  4. ^ Lonwabo Tsotsobe tweets about Essex pain, BBC Sport, 24 May 2011, retrieved 24 May 2011
  5. ^ a b "Tsotsobe charged for corruption by CSA". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Tsotsobe handed eight-year ban". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  7. ^ West Indies v South Africa in 2010, CricketArchive, 13 June 2010, retrieved 18 June 2010

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