Rassie van der Dussen handed central contract by Cricket South Africa

The 30-year-old, who was among the bright sparks in a poor World Cup campaign for the Proteas, takes up the contract left by Duanne Olivier

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Batsman Rassie van der Dussen has been granted a central contract by Cricket South Africa after starring in the country's disappointing World Cup campaign.

The 30-year-old scored 311 runs during the tournament at an average of 62.20 and was one of the bright sparks as South Africa crashed out at the group stage.

The World Cup saw van der Dussen meet the necessary criteria to obtain a central contract, and he has now become the 17th player to receive a national contract and has taken the spot vacated by Duanne Olivier, who has gone to Hampshire on a Kolpak deal.

CSA chief Thabang Moroe said: "Rassie's promotion is thoroughly justified on the back of a brilliant debut season at international level and has also served as an inspiration to all aspiring cricketers at domestic level of what can be achieved by showing top-class form on a consistent basis."

In the women's team, wicketkeeper Sinalo Jafta could soon follow van der Dussen's footsteps in claiming a central contract.

The 24-year-old is one point away from qualifying for a full 12-month contract, which she could earn if she is selected for the upcoming tour of India in September and plays in at least one match.

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