Cricket

Barnes upbeat about Proteas presence in England

2017-04-11 14:22
Wayne Parnell (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) coach at the High Performance Centre Vincent Barnes hopes some of the Proteas can get in on the action this winter in England.

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Barnes said that he hopes Proteas all-rounder Wayne Parnell can rediscover more pronounced swing consistently.

The former Proteas bowling coach was very impressed with the pace and control of the rejuvenated bowling all-rounder after he earned his international re-call in 2016.

"I have no doubt he will receive a call-up for the South African team for the ICC Champions Trophy and possibly also play Test cricket," said Barnes.

Parnell will represent Kent in the South African off-season.

"It is ideal that he represents Kent, because I feel, with Wayne, it affects him when he sits on the sidelines. When he represented the Cape Cobras for a full season, it made a massive difference," said Barnes.

"To me, Wayne is a strike bowler who should open the bowling, operate at 142 km/h, hit the right areas and operate with good control," he said.

"Wayne can use bounce very effectively not only as a dot ball, but as a way to remove batsmen."

Injuries have hampered Parnell in the past, affecting his landing position, while his absence from the playing field while sitting on the bench has adversely affected his form.

In his first full domestic season back in 2015/2016, Parnell produced three successive five-wicket hauls for the Cape Cobras in the last two Sunfoil Series matches of the season - which included a 7-51 at Newlands against the Dolphins.

Barnes said the presence of the Proteas fast bowler Vernon Philander for Sussex is an ideal move, as he will be in England where South Africa will play in 10 international games from May to August, including four Tests.

"Vernon is a very clever bowler who assesses conditions fast on different tracks and knows what is needed to remove batsmen. Of course he can bowl in the 130's, there is no doubt at all about that fact," Barnes said.

Philander will be a vital cog in the Proteas attack in England.

He nipped out 5 for 30 in the third Test at Lord's in 2012, a factor which swayed things in the Proteas' favour decisively.

When referring to former Proteas bowler Rory Kleinveldt, Barnes said the bowler will have to manage himself well while representing Northamptonshire.

"I thought the Cape Cobras managed him well... and not expecting him to play in five consecutive four-day matches," said Barnes.

"He swings it, bowls in excellent areas and is a very experienced bowler. But he needs to look after his body well while in England."

Stiaan van Zyl will play for Sussex as a Kolpak signing, while burley opener Richard Levi will represent Northamptonshire.

Levi averaged 46.50 for Western Province in the previous Sunfoil Three-Day Cup season, which included a sensational 144 off 184 balls (16 fours and 5 sixes).

If Levi can continue the prolific form he demonstrated in white-ball cricket in the first-class season in Engand, it will offer the Cape Cobras' selectors more options at the top of the order in the Sunfoil Series.

Cape Cobras left-arm spinner George Linde will play club cricket for Biddestone Cricket Club in Chippenham, England, in the off-season.

Also in action in England will be Dean Elgar (Somerset), Stephen Cook (Durham) and Imran Tahir (Derbyshire).

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