Several players have been capped only once – in T20I, ODI or Test cricket – by the Proteas.
1. Alfonso Thomas
Seamer Thomas opened the bowling alongside the veteran Shaun Pollock on T20I debut against Pakistan in Johannesburg in 2007. Thomas took three wickets and South Africa won the match. Thomas is currently head coach of Leicestershire.
2. Hardus Viljoen
Viljoen played a Test against England in Johannesburg in 2016. He had opener Alastair Cook caught down the leg-side in the first innings and didn’t take a wicket in the second. South Africa lost the match.
3. Imraan Khan
Khan opened the batting in a Test against Australia at Newlands in 2009. South Africa were without captain Graeme Smith at the time. Khan batted once – and hit 20. The Proteas won the match by an innings and 20 runs.
4. Tyron Henderson
All-rounder Henderson played one T20I against India in Johannesburg in 2006. He fell for a duck and did not take a wicket. India won the match. Henderson also played for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League
5. Andrew Puttick
Opener Puttick was a late addition to the XI for 2005‘s ODI against New Zealand in Cape Town. He was bowled for a duck by fast bowler Shane Bond. Puttick later took a catch in South Africa’s 19-run win.
6. Shafiek Abrahams
Spinner Abrahams played one ODI against New Zealand in Cape Town in 2000. He did not take a wicket, but hit 16 not out down the order as South Africa won the match. Abrahams has since served as a national selector.
7. Mthokozisi Shezi
Seamer Shezi played an ODI against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2014 – and took one wicket. The fixture was also batsman Rilee Rossouw’s ODI debut. South Africa won the match. Shezi has since become a first-class umpire.
8. Mandy Yachad
Yachad opened the batting during South Africa’s tour of India in 1991. He hit 31 from 77 balls. Seamer Craig Matthews and spinner Clive Eksteen welcomed ODI debuts in the same fixture. India won the match.