Andrew Zesers

Andris Karlis Zesers (born 11 March 1967) is a former Australian cricketer. He played as a right-arm specialist fast bowler.

Andrew Zesers
Personal information
Full nameAndris Karlis Zesers
Born (1967-03-11) 11 March 1967
Adelaide, Australia
BowlingRight-arm medium-fast
International information
National side
ODI debut22 October 1987 v India
Last ODI27 October 1987 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
1984–1990South Australia
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA
Matches 2 45 15
Runs scored 10 763 15
Batting average 16.58 15.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/2 1/13
Top score 8* 85 8*
Balls bowled 90 11,189 816
Wickets 1 142 10
Bowling average 74.00 30.44 54.50
5 wickets in innings 0 4 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/37 7/67 2/18
Catches/stumpings 1/– 14/– 5/–
Source: CricInfo, 28 August 2011

The son of a Latvian-born construction worker, Zesers ascended quickly to first-class ranks. He was selected at the age of 17 years and 256 days to represent South Australia against Tasmania in late 1984, whilst still a student at Marden High School after less than a year in grade cricket. He was a tall fast bowler, and demonstrated all-round potential when he scored 85 and took 6/76 in a Sheffield Shield match against Victoria in his debut season. This earned him selection on the 198485 Australian Under-19 team to tour Sri Lanka and India. His efforts in claiming 11 wickets at an average of just 12, put him into contention for higher honours in the limited overs format.[1] By the age of 21, Zesers had collected more than 100 first class wickets, the only person to have achieved this feat.

He was subsequently selected for the 1987 Cricket World Cup in India. He made his ODI debut against India in the group phase in Delhi, taking 0/37 as India reached 8/289. In Australia's run-chase, he made 2 not out batting at number 10 as Australia were bowled out for 233.[2] He played his second match against New Zealand in Chandigarh, where he scored 8* from four balls after coming in the final overs. He took his only international wicket of John Wright, but after conceding 37 runs in just 6 overs, he was dropped.[3]

A chronic shoulder injury ended his career in 198990, at the age of just 23, having played 45 matches and taken 142 wickets at an average of 30.44 with four five wicket hauls and 763 runs at 16.58 with two half centuries. His bowling was characterised by a tendency to attack the stumps, with 36% of his wickets coming through bowling or trapping the batsman LBW.


  • Cashman; Franks; Maxwell; Sainsbury; Stoddart; Weaver; Webster (1997). The A-Z of Australian cricketers.
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