Dirk Nannes

Dirk Peter Nannes (born 16 May 1976) is a former Australian cricketer who has played internationally for both Australia and the Netherlands, one of the few players to represent multiple international teams.

From Melbourne, Nannes was a freestyle skier before beginning his cricket career, and competed in mogul events at two FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cups. Beginning in Victorian Premier Cricket, he made his first-class debut for Victoria during the 2005–06 season, aged 29. A left-arm fast bowler, Nannes had moderate success in the domestic first-class and one-day tournaments, leading to a stint with English county side Middlesex during the 2008 season. His greatest success, however, came in Twenty20 matches. Holding Dutch citizenship through his parents, he played two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for the Netherlands at the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 tournament, and later that year made his One Day International (ODI) and T20I debuts for Australia.

Altogether, Nannes took 28 wickets from 17 matches in T20I matches, with his last match coming in October 2010, for Australia against Sri Lanka. Although his last matches for Victoria came during the 2010–11 season, he has remained a regular player at Twenty20 level, in both Australian and overseas tournaments. As one of the first freelance cricketers,[1] Nannes has played for fifteen different teams or franchises across nine different countries, including the Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder in Big Bash League matches, and the Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Chennai Super Kings in Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. As of August 2014, he had taken almost 250 wickets from 200 Twenty20 matches, ranking only behind Lasith Malinga and Alfonso Thomas in terms of wickets taken in that format.

Dirk Nannes
Dirk nannes
Personal information
Full nameDirk Peter Nannes
Born16 May 1976 (age 42)
Mount Waverley, Victoria,
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
BowlingLeft-arm fast
International information
National side
Only ODI (cap 177)28 August 2009 
Australia v Scotland
T20I debut (cap 40/15)5 June 2009 
Netherlands v England
Last T20I31 October 2010 
Australia v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
2009–2010Delhi Daredevils
2011Royal Challengers Bangalore
2011–2012Melbourne Renegades
2012Highveld Lions
2012Basnahira Cricket Dundee
2012–2015Sydney Thunder
2013Sylhet Royals
2013Chennai Super Kings
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC T20
Matches 1 17 23 215
Runs scored 1 22 108 66
Batting average 1.00 11.00 6.75 8.25
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 1 12* 31* 12*
Balls bowled 42 366 4,139 4,624
Wickets 1 28 93 257
Bowling average 20.00 16.39 25.02 22.25
5 wickets in innings 0 0 2 2
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 1 n/a
Best bowling 1/20 4/18 7/50 5/31
Catches/stumpings 0/– 1/- 7/- 34/-
Source: CricketArchive, 10 December 2016

Early career

Nannes was previously a skier. In 1995, he made his debut as a mogul skier, and went on to compete at FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup events[2] until 1999. He then turned to playing cricket for club side Hawthorn-Waverley and later Fitzroy Doncaster.

Progression to first-class cricket

Nannes was eventually called up to the Victorian Bushrangers side in early 2006, where he made his first-class and List A debuts. He has ability to bowl more than 150 km/hr speed.

In his second first-class cricket game he played in the 2005/06 Pura Cup final in which the Queensland Bulls amassed a record 6 for 900 declared.[3] Nannes took three wickets in the innings and when it came Victoria's time to bat he was the last wicket to fall in the match.

He signed for Middlesex during the 2008 English Domestic season, qualifying as a non-overseas player due to his Dutch passport. Nannes struggled with injury in the 2008 season but was a member of Middlesex's Twenty20 triumph, and took 20 wickets at 19, including a haul of 6/32 in the county championship.

In the 2008 Sheffield Shield, Nannes took his career best figures of 7/50. In his first innings against Western Australia in Perth, he produced highly unusual innings figures of 1/2 off 0.1 overs, bowling a wicket then two beamers in succession and being banned from bowling for the remainder of the innings.[4]

In February 2010 Dirk Nannes retired from first class cricket. He said, "Having been able to play just one game in the longer format this season due to injury, this decision will allow me to concentrate on 50 over and Twenty20 cricket and extend my career with Victoria and Australia".[5]

He played for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL II and III, where he led the bowling attack. The team kept Glenn McGrath on the benches to play him. But in the auctions for IPL IV,he was purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $650,000, where he was expected to open the bowling along with Zaheer Khan. After a couple of matches Nannes sustained a side strain and was ruled out of the IPL; he was later replaced by Chris Gayle.[6]

In 2010, Nannes played for Nottinghamshire in the revamped domestic T20 tournament in England.[7]

On 12 June 2012 it was announced Chennai Super Kings signed Dirk Nannes from Royal Challengers Bangalore.

In July 2012, Nannes signed a 1-year deal with cricket club the Sydney Thunder.

Sylhet Royals of the Bangladesh Premier League signed Nannes to play for the 2013 BPL season.

On 26 April 2014, Nannes signed for English county Somerset for their entire T20 season.[8]

International career


On Wednesday 11 November 2008 it was announced that Nannes was selected for the Netherlands cricket squad to play the ICC World Cup Qualifier tournament in South Africa.[9] However Nannes subsequently signed with the Delhi Daredevils for the 2009 IPL season, which was to be played in April at the same time as the ICC Trophy causing him to withdraw from The Netherlands' squad.

Victoria and Delhi Daredevils coach Greg Shipperd, when asked about Dirk's non selection for the Australian Twenty20 team, said that "I would have thought he would be first pick".[10] Following this omission from the Australian team, Nannes now confirmed his allegiance to the land of his parents.[11] He made his international debut for The Netherlands in the first match of the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, opening the bowling in their surprise win over England.[12]


Nannes was called up to the Australian T20I team in August 2009, just two months after making his debut for the Netherlands.[13] A one-day international debut followed that same month where Nannes picked up 1/20 against Scotland. Nannes played for Australia in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies; Nannes played against Pakistan on 2 May 2010 at St Lucia and he took 3 wickets for 41 runs in his allocated overs, he was unbeaten batting for 0 runs facing one ball. He also played against Bangladesh on 5 May at Barbados and he took 4 wickets for 18 runs in his allocated overs, he did not bat. He bagged the highest number of wickets in the T20 World Cup in 2010 with 14 wickets at 13.07


Since 2015, Nannes has been a member of ABC Grandstand's cricket commentary team.[14]

Drawing upon his experience as a former professional skier, Nannes provided commentary for the Seven Network's coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.[15]

Personal life

In addition to being a former skier, Nannes is the director and founder of 'Global Snow Tours',[16] an independent snow tour operator. He studied the saxophone at university.[17] He was educated at Salesian College Chadstone (Melbourne). Though it is often claimed that Nannes speaks Japanese fluently,[17] in an interview with the BBC, Nannes refuted this.[18]

See also


  1. ^ "Freelancing, a business decision: Nannes". The Hindu. 21 September 2011.
  2. ^ FIS Ski competitor biography
  3. ^ List of First-class cricket matches played by Nannes
  4. ^ WA vs Vic Scorecard
  5. ^ Dirk Nannes retires from first class cricket
  6. ^ Gayle lined up as Nannes replacement, ESPNcricinfo, 19 April 2011, retrieved 2011-06-19
  7. ^ "Nannes Signs To Play Twenty20 For Nottinghamshire". Cricket World. 25 November 2009.
  8. ^ "Somerset sign Dirk Nannes for T20 campaign". BBC Sport. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  9. ^ Cricket Europe - Dutch announce World Cup Qualifier squad Archived 19 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Dirk Nannes is now confident he can't be ignored
  11. ^ Goodbye Australia, hello Holland
  12. ^ The start of things to come? Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ 'Dutch' Nannes thrilled at career twist | Cricket News | England v Australia 2009 | ESPN Cricinfo. Cricinfo.com. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
  14. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2015/12/25/jim-maxwell-opens-up-on-this-years-new-blood-abc-cricket-comm/
  15. ^ https://www.inside7.com.au/assets/winter-olympics/PyeongChang-2018-Olympic-Winter-Games-release.pdf
  16. ^ Staff. Global Snow Tours. Retrieved on 2013-12-23.
  17. ^ a b Cricinfo Dirk Nannes Profile
  18. ^ Nannes, Dirk. Interview with Joe Wilson. ICC T20 World Cup 2009 Day 4 Highlights. BBC. 2009-06-08.

External links

2007–08 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash

The 2007–08 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash was the 3rd season of the official Twenty20 domestic cricket in Australia. Six teams representing six states in Australia participated in the competition. The competition began on 31 December 2007 when the Queensland Bulls took on two-time champions the Victorian Bushrangers at the new Tony Ireland Stadium in Thuringowa. Another match between the Western Warriors and last year's finalists the Tasmanian Tigers was held on the same day at the WACA Ground.

This season comprised 15 regular matches, instead of twelve from the 2006–07 season. This allowed each team to play every other team once.

2008–09 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash

The 2008–09 KFC Twenty20 Big Bash was the 4th season of the official Twenty20 domestic cricket competition in Australia. Six teams representing six states in Australia participated in the competition. The competition began on 26 December 2008 when the Queensland Bulls took on the New South Wales Blues at the Brisbane Cricket Ground (Gabba).

This season comprised 15 regular matches, a preliminary final and a final, the same as was in the 2007–08 season except with the addition of the preliminary final.

2008–09 Sheffield Shield season

The 2008–09 Sheffield Shield season was the 107th season of official first-class domestic cricket in Australia. After nine seasons of being named the Pura Cup, it was announced that the Australian interstate trophy would return to its previous name of the Sheffield Shield as part of a new sponsorship agreement with Weet-Bix. The season began on 10 October 2008 when the Queensland took on Tasmania at the Brisbane Cricket Ground. The Victorian Bushrangers claimed the title following a draw with Queensland in the final at the Junction Oval.

2009 Champions League Twenty20

The 2009 Champions League Twenty20 was the first edition of the Champions League Twenty20, an international club cricket tournament. It was held in India between 8 October and 23 October 2009 and featured 12 domestic teams from Australia, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. The New South Wales Blues were the winners of the tournament, defeating Trinidad and Tobago in the final.

2010 ICC World Twenty20 statistics

In the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament, Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka scored the most runs, and Dirk Nannes of Australia took the most wickets. England ended up winning the trophy for the first time .

2010–11 Ryobi One-Day Cup

The 2010–11 National One Day Cup was the 41st season of official List A domestic cricket in Australia. The season began on 6 October 2010 when Queensland Bulls played the Tasmanian Tigers.The season marked the commencement of a new limited overs format which includes 45 overs per team of 12 players with a split innings of 20 and 25 overs.

2011 Indian Premier League

The 2011 Indian Premier League season, abbreviated as IPL 4 or the IPL 2011, was the fourth season of the Indian Premier League, the top Twenty20 cricket league in India. The tournament was hosted in India and the opening and closing ceremonies were held in M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, the home venue of the reigning champions Chennai Super Kings. The season ran from 8 April to 28 May 2011. This season the number of teams in the league went from eight to ten with the additions of the Pune Warriors India and the Kochi Tuskers Kerala.

The tournament was won by the Chennai Super Kings for the second successive season defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs in the final in Chennai, with the winning team's Murali Vijay being named Man of the Match. With this win CSK became the only team to have won the IPL on more than one occasion. Despite Bangalore failing to win the title, one of the team's players, Chris Gayle was named as the tournament's best player. He scored 608 runs in twelve innings – the most in the tournament – as well as picking up eight wickets, having joined the team after the start of the season due to an injury to another overseas player, Dirk Nannes. Mumbai Indians' Lasith Malinga set a new record for most wickets taken within an Indian Premier League season, claiming 28 wickets during the campaign, but Mumbai had to settle for third place in the tournament, having lost to Bangalore in the second qualifier. Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai represented India in the Champions League 2011 tournament in September. The Fly Kingfisher Fair Play Award was again won by the Chennai Super Kings for topping the fair-play table.

2011–12 Melbourne Renegades season

The 2011–12 Melbourne Renegades season was the inaugural in the club's history. Coached by Simon Helmot and captained by Andrew McDonald, they competed in the BBL's 2011–12 season.

2011–12 Stanbic Bank 20 Series

The 2011–12 Stanbic Bank 20 Series was a Twenty20 cricket competition held in Zimbabwe from 25 November - 4 December 2011. It was the third edition of the Stanbic Bank 20 Series, the premier Twenty20 cricket competition in Zimbabwe. It was won by Mountaineers who defeated Mashonaland Eagles by 27 runs in a thrilling final, in which they defended 142 and dismissed the Eagles for 115 mostly due to the leading wicket-taker of the tournament, Shingirai Masakadza. Mountaineers were particularly strong throughout the tournament, and played some high standard of cricket, that saw them first finish top of the group with 3 wins of 4 matches, then overhaul the heavily favored Matabeleland Tuskers in the 1st Semi at Harare. It was the same time that Mashonaland Eagles the eventual losing finalists, defeated the favored Mid West Rhinos by 53 runs coming from the brink of elimination to earn the playoff final berth against Matabeleland Tuskers. Southern Rocks had a forgettable tournament, finishing in last place in the group stage. In the playoff final, Eagles scored 207/7 mostly due to Essex and Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate's fiery 121* off 58 balls, and Tuskers were defeated by 23 runs (Duckworth/Lewis Method) despite a blowing half-century from the tournament's highest run-scorer Chris Gayle and another blazing one by Steven Trenchard.Perhaps the highlight of the season was the signing of international stars Chris Gayle (Matabeleland Tuskers), Dirk Nannes (Mountaineers), and Shaun Tait (Mid West Rhinos) in the tournament. Other high-profile stars included Rory Hamilton-Brown (Mashonaland Eagles), Peter Trego (Mashonaland Eagles), Ryan ten Doeschate (Mashonaland Eagles), and Andrew Hall (Mashonaland Eagles).Players like Gayle and Nannes had agreed to play in the event for less money than they demand elsewhere. Gayle hoped that his first season in Zimbabwe is a season to remember, while Nannes looked forward to bowl in a country where he had never been before. Tait selected the Mid West Rhinos franchise because it was coached by a fellow Australian and former fast bowler Jason Gillespie. Both Gayle and Nannes were teammates for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2011 Indian Premier League (IPL 4) and 2011 Champions League Twenty20.Zimbabwe Cricket was bullish ahead of the event saying that it will face minimal losses in hosting its popular Twenty20 tournament and they were very close to making it a sustainable, profitable tournament, according to ZC Managing Director, Ozias Bvute.Chris Gayle's first season in Zimbabwe indeed was a season to remember as he scored 293 runs with a highest score of 109*. He also won the best batsman award. Mountaineers' Shingirai Masakadza was the highest wicket-taker with 11 wickets. He was also the bowler of the series. Peter Trego of the Eagles was declared the Man of the Series for his 166 runs and 9 wickets.The steady upward shift in the standard of cricket in Zimbabwe, the efficiency of the organisation and the standard of play during this tournament in particular, should serve as a sharp warning to the rest of the cricketing community of the dangers that Zimbabwe, as a Test nation, may pose in a decade’s time.

2012 Bangladesh Premier League player auction

The players auction for the 2012 Bangladesh Premier League was held on 19 January 2012 at the Hotel Radisson, Dhaka. Each franchise can sign a total of 10 local players and 8 foreign players, and can play up to 5 foreign players in each match. Each franchise will also have one domestic icon player in their team. Players were allowed to set their base price between $20,000 to $100,000.

2013 Bangladesh Premier League player auction

The players auction for the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League was held on December 20, 2012 at the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka. Domestic players were set a base price between $10,000 and $50,000, while international players were set a base price between $15,000 and $75,000.No Indian players included in 2013 BPL edition.

2013–14 Big Bash League season

The 2013–14 Big Bash League season or BBL|03 was the third season of the Big Bash League, the premier Twenty20 cricket competition in Australia. The tournament began on 20 December 2013 and ended on 7 February 2014. The format remained the same as the previous season but ran for a time-frame that is two weeks longer. The schedule also overlapped with the 2013–14 Ashes series. It was the first season to be broadcast on free-to-air television on Network Ten.The tournament was won by Perth Scorchers and the final was hosted at the WACA Ground in Perth, Australia. The Scorchers beat the Hobart Hurricanes in the final by 39 runs. Ben Dunk from the Hurricanes was named the 'Man of the Tournament' while Jonathan Wells from the same team was named the 'Young Gun of the Tournament'.

Delhi Daredevils in 2009

The Delhi Daredevils (DD) are a franchise cricket team based in Delhi, India, which plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL). They were one of the eight teams that competed in the 2009 Indian Premier League. They were captained by Virender Sehwag. Delhi Daredevils finished 3rd in the IPL and qualified for the Champions League T20.

List of 2013 Indian Premier League personnel changes

This is a list of all personnel changes for the 2013 Indian Premier League.

List of Australia Twenty20 International cricket records

This is a list of Australia Twenty20 International cricket records, that is record team and individual performances in Twenty20 International cricket. It is based on the List of Twenty20 International records.

Australia played its first Twenty20 game against New Zealand in February 2005, and these records date from that game.

List of Netherlands Twenty20 International cricketers

A T20I is an international cricket match between two teams that have official Twenty20 International status, as determined by the International Cricket Council. It is played under the rules of Twenty20 cricket and is the shortest form of the game. The Netherlands cricket team played its first T20I match on 2 August 2008, against Kenya as part of the 2008 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, winning the match by 19 runs.This list comprises all members of the Netherlands cricket team who have played at least one T20I match. It is initially arranged in the order in which each player won his first Twenty20 cap. Where more than one player won his first Twenty20 cap in the same match, those players are listed alphabetically by surname.

Mountaineers cricket team

The Mountaineers is one of five cricket Zimbabwean cricket franchises. They are a first-class cricket team, based in the Manicaland and Mashonaland East area. They play their home matches at Mutare Sports Club in Mutare.

Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011

Royal Challengers Bangalore were one of the ten teams that took part in the 2011 Indian Premier League. They were captained by former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori and coached by Ray Jennings. They finished as runners-up of the tournament after losing to Chennai Super Kings in the final. With this, they qualified for the 2011 Champions League Twenty20, where they again finished runners-up after losing the final to the Mumbai Indians.

Stanbic Bank 20 Series

The Stanbic Bank Twenty20 formerly known as the Metropolitan Bank Twenty20 is the domestic Twenty20 cricket competition in Zimbabwe. It was formed in 2007 and maintained by Zimbabwe Cricket. It features all the national and domestic players from Zimbabwe and some international stars. The best players in this tournament will form as Zimbabwe Chevrons to play in the Standard Bank Pro 20 Series in South Africa. Recently, the tournament has risen in profile with some high-quality cricket, and the attraction of major international stars such as Brian Lara, Ryan Sidebottom, Chris Gayle, Shaun Tait, Ian Harvey, and Dirk Nannes. The tournament particularly rose in profile after the reorganization of cricket in Zimbabwe. It was so successful in the 2009–10 season (the inaugural edition after the rename of the tournament) that the tournament was again held in November. In 2009–10, a domestic-cricket record 7500 spectators came into the Harare Sports Club to see the final between Mountaineers and Mashonaland Eagles. Mountaineers is the current champion defeating Mashonaland Eagles in the 2011–12 Stanbic Bank 20 Series Final. It is currently sponsored by Stanbic Bank (Uganda) Limited.

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