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Wayne Parnell


Wayne Parnell Biography

Wayne Parnell is a South African cricketer who was born on 30 July 1989. He performs as a left-handed batsman and a left-handed medium-fast bowler. Parnell primarily plays the role of a pacer in the team and is famed as one of the best fielders of South Africa.


Parnell was born in Port Elizabeth in the Cape Province. He was active as an athlete throughout his school days which continued into his youth. He pursued Human Resource Management at university.

Parnell played for many teams in his career. Some of them include South Africa, Barbados Tridents, Cape Cobras, Delhi Daredevils, Eastern Province, Kent, Pune Warriors, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s, Sussex, Warriors and Western Province.


Parnell’s Test debut was against England national team at The Wanderers Stadium on January 14, 2010 and his ODI debut was against Australia at W.A.C.A. Ground on January 30, 2009.

He played fairly well in both matches and maintained a decent strategy for the following matches as well, often resulting in a great performance.

Rise to Glory

Representing the Eastern province, Parnell performed extraordinarily well as a teenage lad. In the year 2008, Parnell was named the CSA U-19 Cricketer of the Year and Coca-Cola Khaya Majola U-19 Player of the Tournament.

Low Points

In 2012, while Parnell was playing for Sussex County Cricket Club, he performed badly because of “struggle with fitness and form”.

Parnell suffered a groin injury in 2015 that had stopped him from playing in several club matches.

Club Career

Parnell played for Delhi Daredevils in 2010 Indian Premier League. However, he was benched for the entire season.

He was later bought by Pune Warriors from 2011-2013 before returning to Delhi Daredevils in 2014.

In England, he played for Kent County Cricket Club and Sussex County Cricket Club.


Parnell was the captain of the South Africa team for the 2008 U-19 Cricket World Cup and the team for the 2006 ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.

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