Proteas: Players who need to step up
After annihilating New Zealand in the Tests, the wheels came off for the South Africa
as the Kiwis wrapped up a series win in Kimberly. The third and final One Day International might be dead-rubber affair, but the match in Potchefstroom will be the ideal platform for Gary Kirsten to try out new combinations ahead of the Pakistan tour.
The absence in the second match of key players - skipper AB de Villiers
, Hashim Amla and bowling ace Dale Steyn - was evident as the South Africans struggled to put pressure on the visitors. With nothing to lose (except for national pride) the stage is set for the newest members of the squad to make their mark in the international arena.
The Highveld Lions spinner has gone from strength to strength last season, the slow left-arm orthodox bowler is set to make his ODI debut at Senwes Park. If stand-in captain Faf du Plessis utilises his talents at the right times, New Zealand may well find Phangiso to be a handful.
Quinton de Kock
Also a product of the Highveld Lions, is 20 year-old sensation
wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock. Having edged past his teammate
Thami Tsolekile at the Gauteng franchise - De Kock is being groomed to take the
gloves from AB de Villiers. Tsolekile’s exclusion came as surprise to
some after he was not selected for the series, even though he has a
contract with Cricket South Africa.
The Nashua Titans batsman has an impressive domestic career with an average of 34.41 with a strike-rate of 91.69. Behardien made his debut in Kimberly, where he scored 31 runs.
Although Colin Ingram has yet to cement his place in the ODI team, with a hard-earned 79 in the last match against the New Zealander’s, the Chevrolet Warriors left-hander deserves another crack at the Kiwis.
With eight 50s and 153 wickets at domestic level all-rounder Ryan McLaren has also struggled to bring his step up to the international cricket.
The 29 year-old Chevrolet Knights often blows hot and cold: in the first ODI he bagged four wickets for 46 and an impressive knock of 33 runs in 39 delivers. His good fortunes turned to despair in the second match after scoring only five runs and going for 57 runs in his eight overs.