MiWay T20 Challenge
Discarded Proteas shine
David Miller (Gallo Images)
Johannesburg - The Standard Bank Pro20 has provided the perfect opportunity for players who were not included in the Proteas CWC squad to respond to selectors.
Proteas batsman David Miller, a Cricket World Cup reserve on standby in case of injury, showed the skills he was unable to produce in the recent ODI series against India with his 90 against the Warriors.
Warriors Wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, another Proteas discard who many felt should have been included in the squad, scored a quickfire 43 to silence his critics, after producing a starring performance to defeat the Titans last week.
Titans batsman Jacques Rudolph, who was overlooked despite being in fine form last year, battled to a rapid 58 runs in 43 balls to top the batsmen's leader board in the run scoring category, whilst Alviro Peterson, who had been pigeonholed as a "Tests only" player also managed a fighting 54.
Those who bemoan the lack of a "finisher" in the Proteas squad need look no further than Albie Morkel, whose strike rate is characteristically high in the Standard Bank Pro20 at 188.88.
In the bowling department, Ryan McLaren and Rusty Theron have shone with the ball in hand, while Roelof van der Merwe has proven an able performer with both bat and ball.
It might be early days in the competition, and the standard of play although good, might not be on a par with international cricket, but the performances of some fringe players indicate they certainly might provide the selectors with food for thought as the Proteas embark on their Cricket World Cup campaign on the subcontinent.