Cape Town - After an eye-catching breakthrough season in 2014/15,
Theunis de Bruyn is preparing for the fresh challenges that await on his maiden
senior tour abroad as South Africa ‘A’ travel to India for a triangular one-day
series and two unofficial Tests.
Few batsmen have enjoyed such a successful first full season in franchise
cricket as De Bruyn, who scored 543 runs at an average of 60 as The Unlimited
Titans won the Momentum One-Day Cup, and also made 615 Sunfoil Series runs at
an average of 38.43.
As if that wasn’t enough, the 22-year-old scored an unbeaten double-century
on his South Africa ‘A’ debut, making a strong England Lions bowling line-up
sweat in the Paarl heat.
“It was a good season - I’ve created a lot of opportunities - but that is in
the past and this is a new season,” said De Bruyn.
“Last season I made a few schoolboy mistakes, so I want to be a bit more
mature this time around. I don’t want to lose any flair, but just convert good
scores into much better scores.”
Although De Bruyn travelled to Australia in 2012 with the South Africa
Under-19 side, and has enjoyed success in England in a university competition,
he is yet to tour abroad with a professional cricket side.
It will, therefore, be fascinating to see how the talented batsman copes
with the foreign terrain.
“This tour is going to be a challenge playing in the sub-continent for the
first time,” he admitted.
“I’m looking forward to it, and I’m going to have to learn quickly and watch
how the Indian guys play spin and listen to other people, but I’ve done most of
the preparation already so it’s going to be a nice outing I think.”
South Africa ‘A’ open the triangular series with a clash against Australia
‘A’ in Chennai on August 5, when De Bruyn can expect to face up to experienced
one-day campaigners such as James Pattinson and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Similarly strong opponents will await in India ‘A’, against whom South
Africa ‘A’ will play two unofficial Tests in Wayanad after the triangular
“This is the next step towards playing for your country, and it’s serious
cricket,” said De Bruyn.
“You’re going to learn about different players and how they operate, so it’s
a learning curve. You can’t stagnate as a human being and a sportsman -
especially not in cricket.”