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McLaren to fight for SA spot
Bloemfontein – Allrounder Ryan McLaren does not need any added motivation to regain his place in the Proteas cricket team.
“He always gives his best. He does not even need a disappointment like being left out of the Proteas’ World Cup squad,” said Knights coach Sarel Cilliers.
Not even the fact that he is set to be appointed Knights captain in the absence of Morné van Wyk for the forthcoming Pro20-series is likely to serve as added motivation.
McLaren is set to take the reins while Van Wyk is unavailable because of World Cup commitments.
McLaren already attended the national launch of the Pro20-series as Knights “captain” in Johannesburg on Tuesday. However, he will have to wait until Wednesday for it to become official.
“You always know what to expect from Ryan. He will give everything, and I think soon it will be difficult for the national selectors to leave him out based on his performances.”
When McLaren was previously overlooked by the national selectors, he responded with figures of 5/19 in a Twenty20 game against the West Indies.
While McLaren is set to take over the captaincy from Van Wyk, Cilliers has also had to find a wicketkeeper replacement.
“Morné was the only wicketkeeper in our squad, and that is why I have decided to hand the gloves to Adrian McLaren (who actually makes the team as a batsman). I regard him as our second best wicketkeeper, and have confidence in his ability.”
Adrian McLaren may not even be Griquas’ first choice wicketkeeper, but the decision by Cilliers makes a lot of sense because of his good batting.
Meanwhile, the Knights coach has said that Rilee Rossouw is good enough to play for the Proteas, following a very successful MTN40-series. However, the lessons he is learning from his struggle to make the national team will stand him in good stead one day.
“He will not let any team down at international level. Sometimes it’s better when a player struggles to make the national team, and then later utilises the lessons from that to be consistent at international level,” said Cilliers.
Rossouw’s 439 runs were the second most in the MTN40-series, and he achieved it at an average of 48.77. The only player that scored more runs than he did in the MTN40-series was Faf du Plessis, who is now a member of the World Cup squad.
Du Plessis scored 567 runs.