Dane James Vilas was born on 10 June, 1985 in Transvaal, Johannesburg. He is a South African cricketer. He made his Test debut for South Africa against Bangladesh on 30 July 2015. After four successful seasons at the Lions, Vilas moved to the Cape Cobras in search of more opportunity due to the emergence of Thami Tsolekile and Quinton de Kock at his former club.
On 27 January 2017, James signed a Kolpak deal with Lancashire, thus ruling him out of selection for South Africa. In August 2017, he was named in Pretoria Mavericks’ squad for the first season of the T20 Global League.
Vilas made his international debut against India in a one-off Twenty20 International. He then went with the South African team to a triangular between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. However, Dane appeared to be out of form, and has not been picked for the T20 side since, with South African limited-overs captain AB de Villiers the new wicket-keeper.
Multi-talented Dane appeared in the 2008 film Hansie, about the life of former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje. He was cast as fast bowler Allan Donald by the producers, who wanted to add authenticity to on-field scenes by using real cricketers.