H. D. Ackerman

H. D. Ackerman
Personal information
Full nameHylton Deon Ackerman
Born (1973-02-14) 14 February 1973 (age 46)
Cape Town, South Africa
NicknameGreybush
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight arm medium
RelationsHylton Ackerman (father)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 268)26 February 1998 v Pakistan
Last Test30 March 1998 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1993/94–2002/03Western Province
2003/04Gauteng
2003/04–2004/05Lions
2005–2009Leicestershire
2005/06Cape Cobras
2006/07–2007/08Warriors
2008/09–2009/10Dolphins
2009/10KwaZulu Natal
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 4 220 226 55
Runs scored 161 14,625 6,327 1,811
Batting average 20.12 43.65 32.61 37.72
100s/50s 0/1 40/75 4/41 0/17
Top score 57 309* 139 87
Balls bowled 0 102 48 0
Wickets 0 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 1/– 183/– 82/– 13/–
Source: Cricinfo, 2 October 2009

Hylton Deon Ackerman, also known as HD Ackerman, (born 14 February 1973) is a former South African cricketer, and cricket commentator for Supersport. He is currently Head Coach of the First XI and Director of Coaching (all sports) at Guildford Grammar School in Perth, Western Australia

Ackerman has four Test appearances for South Africa all made in 1998. He made a gutsy 57 in his first Test innings but after that made little impact. It was thought that Ackerman had a weakness against top class spin as Mushtaq Ahmed and Muttiah Muralitharan were particularly successful against him in successive series.

He joined Leicestershire in 2005 under the Kolpak ruling which allowed him to play for an English county without being registered as an overseas player. He was the captain of Leicestershire in 2005, having some success in one-day cricket.

In the 2006 season, Ackerman stepped down to concentrate on his batting. This move seems to have paid off as Ackerman scored 309 not out against Glamorgan at Sophia Gardens, the highest ever first-class score by a Leicestershire player.

Ackerman's father, Hylton Michael Ackerman, played first-class cricket for Border, Natal, Northern Transvaal and Western Province in South Africa, and for Northamptonshire in England. He was picked for the World XI that played Australia in 1971-72, but did not play Test cricket because of South Africa's exclusion from international cricket on account of apartheid.

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