Lancashire cricket captain Dane Vilas has had nothing short of an exceptional career – scoring over 15 000 runs (with a First Class high score of 266 and List A score of 166) and taking over 500 catches. However, the Johannesburg born wicket-keeper batsman has had his fair share of ups and downs.
Being awarded the Newcomer of the Year in 2009, Dane was called up to the Protea squad in 2012, making his international debut in a T20 against India. But over the next three years he could never quite solidify his place in the national team.
Then in 2017 he made the decision to move the UK – and what has followed has been an incredible display of his cricketing prowess. Joining Lancashire, in his first season Dane won no fewer than 3 club awards, including the coveted Player of the Year, scoring two double tons. He was named as captain in 2019, with Director of Cricket Paul Allott calling his leadership ‘exceptional’.
In this episode Dane talks about keeping grounded, his love of the game and how he is preparing for life after cricket one day.