WAYNE DILLON PARNELL
Wayne Dillon Parnell is a South African professional cricketer who most recently played for Northamptonshire in English county cricket.
Previously, he played Test cricket, One Day International cricket and Twenty20 matches for South Africa. At domestic level he played for Cape Cobras, having previously played for the Warriors and Eastern Province.
Parnell was selected as captain of the South Africa team for the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup having also played for the team in 2006 U/19 Cricket World Cup. He finished the 2008 tournament as the leading wicket-taker with 18 wickets at 8.38. In the quarter-final against Bangladesh he took six for eight as well as top-scoring with 57.
Parnell was selected in the ODI and T20 squads for South Africa’s tour of Australia in 2008–09, and made his international debut in the second Twenty20 International at Brisbane on 13 January 2009. He was expensive with the ball and put down a crucial catch, but it was later suggested that this was the result of a green laser light beamed into his eyes by a member of the crowd. He thus became the youngest player to be handed a national contract by Cricket South Africa (CSA).
Parnell was included in South Africa’s squad for the third and final Test against Australia in Cape Town and although he wasn’t selected, he was again named for the Twenty20 and ODI series which followed. Sharing the new ball with Dale Steyn, he played a key role in South Africa’s seven-wicket win in the second ODI at Centurion by taking four for 25.
In May 2009 Parnell was selected in the South African squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in England. He had an excellent tournament, taking nine wickets at 13.22 with an economy rate of less than six. Against the hosts he took figures of 3/14, which included an opening spell of 2–0–2–1. In the following match against the West Indies he was named man-of-the-match after taking 4/13. His performances earned him a place in the World team of the tournament. Parnell won the golden ball for being the leading wicket taker in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy with 11 wickets. He was named in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ by Cricinfo for the 2009 T20I World Cup.