| Date of Birth: July 15, 1977 |
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| Bats: Right-hand Bat|
| Bowls: Right-arm Fast-medium|
Nel was tipped from an early age as a future international and he first made the headlines in February 2001 when he felled his hero Allan Donald with a fierce bouncer during a domestic first-class match. It was during the home West Indies series in 2003-04 that he established himself as a permanent member of the Test team. A back injury curtailed his progress, but he returned with wickets and more facial contortions against England in 2004-05. But controversies didn't leave Nel as he was once again involved in a heated argument with Adam Gilchrist in a Test series at home after being slammed for 22 runs.