Is Wiese the Proteas' answer?

2015-03-30 21:01
David Wiese (Gallo Images)

Pretoria - The first South African first-class cricketer for the past 17 years to score a century and nip out six wickets in an innings in a Sunfoil Series- or local A section match, David Wiese boasts the quality and all-round prowess to represent South Africa in a One Day International (ODI) soon, said Rob Walter, Titans coach.

Walter added the vastly improved 29-year old Wiese is “just scratching the surface” in terms of utilising his full potential.

According to the website, the Titans middle-order batsman hammered 107 against the Knights at SuperSport Park in Centurion the weekend.

He also captured six for 58 in 22 overs.

He set up an eight-wicket win to propel the Titans to second on the Sunfoil Series log behind the domestic four-day champions, the Highveld Lions.

Walter said Wiese is a true all-rounder, one of only about three players who possess both these skills in abundance in South Africa.

He has "freed up mentally" in theOne Day Cup competition and can blast the ball out of the ground with enormous power and ease.

He can also swing the ball both ways through the air to capture wickets.

Henry Davids, the Titans captain, agreed.

He said Wiese has come a long way the past two years.

He can easily fulfil the role of number-seven batsman in the South African ODI-team and can also provide you with a full quota of ten overs, depending on the conditions.

Walter said Wiese showed in the T20-Internationals for South Africa that he possesses the awareness and game intelligence to vary his pace and unsettle opposing teams.

He did that in the third T20-International against the Caribbean foe in Durban when he finished with an extraordinary five for 23.

Wiese averaged 91 for the Titans in the One Day Cup competition with a strike-rate of 133.17.

In the semi-final knock-out against the Dolphins, Wiese struck 71 off 33 balls to seal the Dolphins’ fate.

"That innings was not a once-off. He does that regularly," said Walter.

Sarel Cilliers, the Knights coach, said he agrees with Walter that Wiese can possibly represent South Africa in ODI-cricket.

He bowled extremely well against the Knights, although he did benefit from the combination he was operating with.

"Marchant de Lange and Rowan Richards are strike bowlers and they put the batsmen under pressure.

"When David came on to bowl, the batsmen might have been mentally switched off.

"He still bowled very well, putting the ball in exactly the same place and swinging it both ways to get nicks and trapping the batsmen leg before wicket," he said.

"In South African cricket, there are not too many all-rounders like him.

"Perhaps only Albie Morkel and Ryan McLaren are in a similar bracket, while Andile Phehlukwayo is emerging as an exciting prospect," added Cilliers.

Wiese is just the third SA cricketer the past nine years in A section cricket to have taken five wickets in an innings and blast a century.

Dillon du Preez (118 and five for 53) managed that in 2013 for the Knights against the Titans, while Lance Klusener struck 100 and took five for 39 for the Dolphins against the Warriors in 2006.

Nicky Bojé managed six for 34 and scored an unbeaten 104 in 1997/1998 for the Central Franchise against Northerns.

That was the last time an all-rounder took six scalps and completed a century in domestic A series cricket.

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