Cape Town - Proteas all-rounder, David Wiese, says the
two-match T20 international series against New Zealand is an opportunity for
inexperienced players to stamp their mark on the international scene.
The Kiwis enter the series without some of their star
players, while the Proteas continue to tinker in search of winning
“They may be missing a few of their big names but there are
a couple of young guys who want to stand up and make their mark in
international cricket, that makes them a dangerous team,” Wiese said of the
opposition in Durban on Wednesday.
“When you have young hungry guys going out wanting to make
an impact, they could take any team apart on the day.”
For the Proteas, the ICC Twenty20 World Cup is the looming
goal, and healthy competition for places means every match is significance for
JP Duminy’s absence has placed more emphasis on Wiese’s role
in the team, especially as he looks to establish himself in the all-rounder
role for the Proteas in limited-overs cricket.
“To be honest not really,” he said of the pressure of
expectation. “ There has been a lot of hype and a lot has been said (about his
capabilities) but in my mind it’s all about stepping out onto the field and
doing my best while contributing to the team. If it turns out that way that it
works out for me and the team then that will be great but at this stage I will
take it as it comes.”
Wiese has become a feature in domestic T20 leagues around
the world this year, and played in his debut seasons of the Indian Premier
League (IPL) and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) along with South Africa’s
RAM SLAM T20 Challenge.
He says he has taken a lot of confidence from his
performances, particularly with the pressure and expectation that comes with
the international hype of the tournaments, and hopes he can implement his
learnings for the Proteas in the next week.
“I have played a lot this year, I have learnt a lot and have
been in a lot of different situations,” he said. “If something comes out on the
field similar to a past situation I have experienced I can only hope that I’ve
learnt from the past and can do better. T20 cricket is about honing your skills
and being confident enough to execute those skills. The more cricket you play
the better you become and the more confident you are in those situations.”
The conditions have been the talk in the build-up to the
opening match on Friday, but leg-spinner, Eddie Leie, says the basics will
remain the same regardless of what the late-winter conditions produce.
“The role of the spinner doesn’t change,” he said on
Wednesday. “It doesn’t matter where you play around the world or in the
country, the role of the spinner is to try and control the middle overs from
overs seven to 13. It doesn’t matter how the conditions are, you have to find a
way to control the game, be it by taking down the run rate or taking the odd