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5 cricketers who changed nationality midway through their international career

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Published Jun 25, 2016
Jun 25, 2016 IST

Not all players who play domestic cricket across the various cricketing nations receive an opportunity to represent their own country. The opportunities for breaking into the national team are much lesser in the countries which are considered the game's powerhouses compared to those in associate and affiliate nations.

However, cricket has quite a few instances of players who got the privilege to play for two different countries during their respective international careers. While some of them switched from their native country to another, others came back from elsewhere to play for their own.

Here are 5 cricketers who changed nationality midway through their international career:

1. Kepler Wessels

Kepler Wessels in action for Australia in the 1985 Ashes series

Kepler Wessels is remembered more for being one of South Africa's earliest captains on their return to international cricket in the early 1990s. However, almost a decade before he started playing for the Proteas, Wessels was a part of the Australian team for close to 4 years.

He sported the 'baggy green' for a span of 24 Test matches and also played for them in 54 one-day internationals. In the year 1985, Kepler Wessels retired from the game only to return 6 years later as a part of his home team, South Africa.

Wessels represented the South Africans in 16 Tests and 55 ODIs between the years 1991 and 1994. On his retirement, Hansie Cronje took over as the skipper of the Proteas for the next few years.

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