Rilee Roscoe Rossouw (born 9 October 1989) is a former South African cricketer who played internationally for South Africa until 2016. In South Africa he played domestic cricket for the Knights and Free State before signing a deal with Hampshire County Cricket Club in England in January 2017. He is a left-hand batsman and a right arm off-spin bowler.
|Full name||Rilee Roscoe Rossouw|
|Born||9 October 1989|
Bloemfontein, Orange Free State Province, South Africa
|Bowling||Right-arm off break|
|ODI debut (cap 112)||21 August 2014 v Zimbabwe|
|Last ODI||12 October 2016 v Australia|
|ODI shirt no.||27|
|T20I debut (cap 63)||5 November 2014 v Australia|
|Last T20I||25 March 2016 v West Indies|
|T20I shirt no.||27|
|Domestic team information|
|2012||Basnahira Cricket Dundee|
|2014–2015||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|2017–2019||Quetta Gladiators (squad no. 04)|
|2017–present||Hampshire (squad no. 30)|
|2018||Rangpur Riders (squad no. 27)|
|2020–present||Multan Sultans (squad no. 2)|
Source: CricInfo, 30 September 2019
Domestic and T20 franchise cricketEdit
Rossouw made his first-class debut in November 2007 for Free State against Easterns, batting at number three he topscored in the match with 83, an innings that included 13 fours. At the end of his maiden season he made the step-up to franchise cricket playing three Twenty20 matches for the Eagles.
Rossouw was a regular in the Eagles team during the 2008/09 season, in the SuperSport Series he was the team's leading scorer with 765 runs including three centuries. His maiden first-class century came against the Titans in November 2008, he made 106 including 20 boundaries. In the return fixture in March 2009 he scored 109 in a team total of 178, no other batsman passed 16. Again the innings was in vain as the Eagles lost to the league champions. In the one-day format he also scored a maiden century, he struck 131 off 108 balls against the Warriors.
Rossouw scored 1,261 runs at 57.61 in the 2009/10 season, this included a score of 319 off 291 balls against the Titans. The innings was the fastest triple century in South African domestic cricket and included 47 fours and 8 sixes. Alongside Dean Elgar he shared a second wicket partnership of 480 in 84 overs, the largest South African partnership for any wicket.
Rossouw played in the IPL 2011 for Royal Challengers Bangalore and replaced Nic Maddinson in IPL 2014 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was included in the Free State cricket team squad for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup.
Rossouw played in the 2017 Season of the Pakistan Super League for the Quetta Gladiators as a replacement player. Where it was reported that he earned around $370,000. He played for Khulna Titans in BPL 2017.
In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Rangpur Riders team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League. He was the leading run-scorer for the team in the tournament, with 558 runs in 14 matches. In November 2019, he was selected to play for the Khulna Tigers in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League. In July 2020, he was named in the St Lucia Zouks squad for the 2020 Caribbean Premier League. However, Rossouw was one of five South African cricketers to miss the tournament, after failing to confirm travel arrangements in due time. In November 2020, he was named in the squad for the Melbourne Renegades in the 2019–20 Big Bash League season.
While attending Grey College in Bloemfontein Rossouw was selected to represent a South African schools team. He made his debut for South Africa under-19s in the second 'Test' against Bangladesh in December 2007. He also played against India prior to the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup. At the World Cup he played all six matches scoring 136 runs at an average of 34.00 as South Africa reached the final.
Rossouw was selected in the South Africa A squad for the tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2010, on the latter he scored 131 from 151 balls against Sri Lanka A, sharing century stands with Dean Elgar and Jonathan Vandiar.
On 5 January 2017, Rossouw signed a Kolpak deal with Hampshire County Cricket Club which made him ineligible to represent South Africa anymore, ending his international career. His last act as an international cricketer was to score a 122 at New Zealand where South Africa beat Australia in 5-0 whitewash and win The Player of the Series award.
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