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South Africa pace bowler Marchant de Lange has confirmed that his international career is over after he signed a three-year deal with Glamorgan.
Glamorgan had initially planned to sign De Lange on a Kolpak deal, but since he had not played enough international matches to meet the requirements, he has obtained a UK visa through his wife’s British passport.
However, as a result of this, the 26-year-old will be classified as an overseas player should he want to play domestic cricket in South Africa again.
“It’s the end of my international career in South Africa,” De Lange, who represented South Africa in two Tests, four ODIs and six Twenty20 Internationals, told BBC Sport Wales. “I’m done with international cricket. That’s a chapter in my life I’m closing.
“My goals are different and I’m eager to be part of a county team. I haven’t been picked in the last five years. My commitment, vision and goals have changed.
“Basically if I go back, I’ll play as an overseas player. I’m a local over here now, which is nice to say. I’m focused on Glamorgan and privileged they’ve given me the opportunity to play for this side.”
Glamorgan chief executive and director of cricket Hugh Morris added: “We are delighted to have signed Marchant de Lange and to see him arrive in Wales. Marchant is a top-quality fast bowler who is in the prime of his career and will add a real cutting-edge to our bowling attack.
“As we complete our preparations ahead of the new season, signing a player of Marchant’s ability is a great boost to our prospects for all forms of the game.”
De Lange also revealed that Glamorgan captain and former South Africa batsman Jacques Rudolph was one of the key reasons why he decided to join the county side.
“Jacques asked me if I was interested in coming over,” he said. “It’s definitely a long-term commitment. It was a bit of a process, but it’s nice to be here after a lot has been happening with paperwork.
“My wife has a British passport and I came over with a spousal visa, which made everything easier.”
When asked if he signed for Glamorgan solely based on financial reasons, De Lange admitted that it played a part, but added that his age was also a factor.
“It’s definitely part of it, but mainly I’m still young,” he said. “I’ve still got a lot of cricket in me so I’ve got a lot of playing time and opportunities to be out there.
“I’ve always wanted to come and play county cricket and now the chance has come and presented itself, I don’t want to let it go by.”
The Tzaneen native is set to make his debut for Glamorgan in their County Championship clash with Northamptonshire on Friday.
“If I can play Friday, the sooner the better to get out of the park and I’ll be ready,” De Lange added. “I’m quite aggressive, I like to intimidate some of the batters if I can say that.
“I would like to to make the batsman jump around a bit and create something different. Some of the wickets here are slower and lower but I’ll adapt.”
De Lange is also confident that the city-based Twenty20 tournament the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) plan to introduce in 2020 will be a huge success.
“I think it’s about time the idea came over this side of the world, especially with the IPL, Big Bash and CPL,” he said. “It’s a great goal for all the cricketers this side so for guys that specialise in the shorter format it’s a great opportunity.”