Tony de Zorzi: Bio, Facts, Records

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Tony de Zorzi: South African Cricketer

From Gauteng, where Temba Bavuma was born, Tony de Zorzi is an opening batsman and part-time off-spinner. Formally the captain of South Africa’s U-19 Team, Zorzi has gone on to become a regular in South African domestic cricket, ever since he hit an impressive half-century on his First-Class debut. Capable of playing all three formats, Zorzi earned a call-up to South Africa’s emerging players squad for their 2018 tour of Sri Lanka and impressed with the bat. It is only a matter of time before Zorzi breaks into the international setup.

Tony de Zorzi Celebrating His Century
Source: The National

Tony de Zorzi: First-Class Debut

Impressively, Tony de Zorzi was still a teenager when he made his First-Class debut. His maiden call-up came for the Northerns against KwaZulu-Natal, a side that contained Cameron Delport. Zorzi, since he was young, was only entrusted with a spot in the lower order. He came in to bat at seven but played remarkable innings to rescue the Northerns from 84-5 to 313-8. Zorzi hit 86 (167) digging in under tough conditions and ensured that his side racked up sizable first innings lead. This ultimately proved to be handy runs, as the Northern romped home to a ten-wicket victory. His List A debut followed shortly and he has now gone on to play a lot of competitive cricket across all three formats and has had a very promising start to his career. His good run of domestic performances led him to be selected for the South Africa Emerging Players squad for their 2018 tour of Sri Lanka.

Tony de Zorzi talking
Source: SACricketmag

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Tony de Zorzi: An Emerging Cricketer

Tony de Zorzi’s talent has not gone unnoticed. After a few good seasons in South African domestic cricket, Zorzi played several matches for the “South Africa Emerging Players” side. They toured Sri Lanka in the summer of 2018 and Zorzi had a very good run. Opening the batting for this South Africa team, which also included Matthew Breetzke, Zorzi hit a sublime hundred in the second innings of the second Test. This was the highest individual score in the match, which was rather a low scoring. Zorzi also had a good run in the first Test match, hitting 77 in the first innings and top-scored for South Africa. In that innings, Breetzke batted well for 73 and the pair took South Africa into a position where they could declare in the first innings. However, they did lose the match in the end. Tony de Zorzi also featured in the unofficial ODI series, playing three matches. In the third, Zorzi hit a key 48, batting in the middle order, before he was run out. In the previous ODI, Zorzi managed a score of 33 as an opener. This showed his potential and the national selectors would no doubt have been following this tour closely.

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