Is Wiese the Proteas' answer?

2015-03-30 21:01

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.


  • Nanda Wasserman - 2015-03-30 21:17

    Te Wit!!!

      Rocco DeWet - 2015-03-30 21:36

      However, the article did state "and can also provide you with a full quota..."

      Spike Porcupine - 2015-03-30 21:38

      Te kaas!

      Sean Wolf - 2015-03-30 21:49

      What if they spray tan him ... lol

      Spike Porcupine - 2015-03-30 21:58

      Behardien averaged 229 in the Momentum One Day Cup and scored 74 not out at a SR of 205 in the CWC. Wiese can't compete. Was too weak to make the squad for this CWC and too old to make the next CWC.

      Alan Smith - 2015-03-31 08:54

      not black. CSA will veto

  • Jannie du Toit - 2015-03-30 21:20

    Sorry bra you are too white the quatas won't allow you to play,maybe you can try one of the other countries.

      Neriyan Nadasen - 2015-03-31 07:00

      He may not be selected because spots are received for certain players irrespective of their performance... such as QdK

  • Anton Bischoff - 2015-03-30 21:20

    Said so from the beginning. Wiese in for ver van daan (farhaan Behardien). The only problem with that is he has only black hair. He played superb the whole season

      UnlimitedLFB - 2015-03-30 22:46

      Get your facts right, Wiese started scoring runs in the 2nd half of the momentum cup the only problem was the team by then was already selected, his bowling btw was pathetic the whole tournament Wiese should have been in for whom? Farhaan?? You must be joking look at the numbers of both the Momentum cup & the sanfoil series Farhaan's numbers are just better. But honestly now he probably deserves to be tried for the 7 batting spot he is a good allrounder, lets not forget Dwaine Pretorius he to me looks more promising. Farhaan should be tried at 5 or be the reserve specialist batsman not a no. 7 his talent is wasted there

      Neriyan Nadasen - 2015-03-31 07:03

      @Anton Sheesh that was a stupid comment

      Avon Asac - 2015-03-31 07:53

      Unlimited. Amla , de kok , faf , de villiers , Miller , Duminy and Rossouw as a reserve. Do you honestly think Berhardien could crack the nod over any of them? Berhardien is 31 and the only reason he was added to the squad was not for his batting , it was for his bowling the need for a 6th bowler. Berhardien is a great domestic player nothing more than that and for you Wiese fans , he is exactly the same.

      UnlimitedLFB - 2015-03-31 13:24

      @ Avon Asac, whether you like it or not, Franchise performance needs to be used to select for the national side and if ( and he does) Farhaan is doing better than the other players then yes he should be selected for the Protea's. The first thing we need to do is not give any player a permanent position in the team and from the list you have provided I can see at least three players that could have been dropped in the last 12 months .

  • George Slade - 2015-03-30 21:28

    What --a White Man ---Fikile will have a heart attack. Let the sav,s just get on with it --we can play Zimbabwe & bangladesh in future --to hell with World standards !

      Albert Dangarembizi - 2015-03-30 22:58

      Zimbabwe is improving baba

      Albert Dangarembizi - 2015-03-30 22:58

      Zimbabwe is improving baba

      AndreS - 2015-03-31 07:06

      More like Kenya and Afghanistan.

  • Dave Schoeman - 2015-03-30 21:32


  • Luqmaan Adam - 2015-03-30 21:32

    He was for the world cup

  • Luqmaan Adam - 2015-03-30 21:36

    My dear white South Africans. Please can you be more verbal about your grievances. Please go all over the world and voice your concerns. Show that you are in fact discriminated against, the same way the ANC did and get the world to cut us off. I too don't believe in BEE and quotas. I truly believe in true equality, fairness and merit. I'm not even white. I do believe that already we've lost too much.. We've lost our top performers because they've gone overseas. So please get unity and make a difference. Stop b@$#$ing and moaning like cowards on blogs. Get out there. Fight for freedom. Show us u can

      Louis Van Der Vyver - 2015-03-30 22:06

      Luqmaan the question is, should we have to fight? Are we not telling the world that we are a democratic country. To hell with cricket and rugby. As we move down the ranks all players will loose, black and white. The players of B rate countries earn about 10% of what our guys are earning because sponsors back winners. Let race destroy the sports, let kids not have people to look up to anymore, then see who will be the biggest loosers

      Albert Dangarembizi - 2015-03-30 22:57

      Who did we lost

  • Cdawg Dubya - 2015-03-30 21:37

    I'm a big fan but can one be a prospect at 29?

      Albert Dangarembizi - 2015-03-30 22:55

      Kumar scored 4 consecutive hundreds at 37

      Albert Dangarembizi - 2015-03-30 22:55

      Kumar scored 4 consecutive hundreds at 37

      Richard Barnes - 2015-03-31 00:19

      A prospect for what? The next WC? I don't see why that should be an issue. What does it matter if our next WC squad players start playing ODIs now or just six months before the next WC? Dale and Hash have been playing ODIs forever. Neither of them were on song for the crunch knockout games in this WC. Kyle and Rilee have only been drafted into the side very recently, and they both did better than Hash and Dale in the key knockout games. So if newbies who have only been in the side for three months can do better than veterans who have had four years to "build for the WC", then what is the value in "building for the WC"? There is none. Even if we assemble our next WC squad right now and play only those 15 players exclusively for the next four years, it still comes down to whether they bring it on the day or not. If Wiese is good enough to represent the team now, he should play now. If he doesn't make it to the next WC, so what? Draft in someone else. Play your best team at all times. All international series are important. Play every game and every series to win, and let the ICC tournaments take care of themselves.

  • Paul Vuma - 2015-03-30 21:38

    Evening quota brigade...

  • Johann Pretorius - 2015-03-30 22:16

    The CWC is but one tournament played once every four years. I dont understand why the big fuss about it. The team winning it, win a tournament played over a month and is called the CWC. Being rated no. 1 based on matches (T20, ODI and tests) played over long periods (a year) is a much higher achievement.

      Albert Dangarembizi - 2015-03-30 22:54

      No that's not an achievement, nobody remembers that, do u remember who was ranked number one in 2011, u don't but u remember India being world champions

  • Emile van Rooyen - 2015-03-30 22:41

    Nooo can't be.He's white.My team: 1. H.Amla (C) 2. H.Davids 3. I Khan 4. K. Zondo 5. Thami Tsolokile 6. R Peterson 7. Wayne Parnell 8. Ethi Mbalathi 9. A.Pangiso 10.V.Philander 11. D.Piedt Now that is a Protea team the Government will be proud of.

      Albert Dangarembizi - 2015-03-30 22:52

      Kkkkk mbalulas team

      Albert Dangarembizi - 2015-03-30 22:52

      Kkkkk mbalulas team

      Albert Dangarembizi - 2015-03-30 22:52

      Kkkkk mbalulas team

      Albert Dangarembizi - 2015-03-30 22:52

      Kkkkk mbalulas team

      UnlimitedLFB - 2015-03-30 22:57 So no Bavuma or Kagiso then?? 1. Amla(c), 2. Reeza Hendricks, 3. Bavuma, 4.JP , 5. Farhaan, 6. Tsolekile, 7. Vernon, 8. Parnell, 9. Robin P. 10.kagiso, 11. Tsotsobe/B hendricks,

      Khetho Passmore - 2015-03-30 23:20

      Haha...this is Protears...

      BJ Pieman - 2015-03-31 11:13

      What, no women? no people in wheelchairs? DISCRIMINATION!

  • Roger Plaatjies - 2015-03-30 22:44

    Its to late, Wiese was the best all rounder so far, I hope he will be in the team with Stiaan van Zyl as opener. He can bat and bowl. I may be wrong, but Wiese and Laggies are ready for the Proteas.

  • Albert Dangarembizi - 2015-03-30 22:51

    Our number 9 10 & 11 don't contribute with the bat at all so we need genuine all rounders to fill number 7 & 8. Look at Australia upto number 10 they can all bat

  • Sugan Moodley - 2015-03-30 22:53

    I have been saying it forever. Wiese should have been part of the world cup squad. Hope CSA has him in there plans for the future in all formats.

  • Stan Modric Escobar - 2015-03-31 03:58

    is he black? otherwise he wont b selected bcz of quotas. you heard the minister emphasising on that..

  • UNITY - 2015-03-31 05:01

    The selectors won't know who to drop they can't drop their loyal senior non performers.

  • Time To Change - 2015-03-31 07:15

    Great Player, but too white

  • Gareth Richard Alexander Bain - 2015-03-31 09:37

    Franchise-only (excludes 2nd team) List A batting average of 27, bowling average of 54. Let's be honest if he wasn't wh1te the media and certain commenters wouldn't be hyping him into infinity. Just like of Bavuma (franchise average 45), du Plessis (franchise average 38), and de Kock (franchise batting average 34) which was blasted as a quota pick before he'd even faced a ball. That's the other side of the coin people can't face...

      Hansie Crook - 2015-03-31 10:12

      I have fought tooth and nail with people who cant differenciate between 2nd team stats and franchise level stats. Most of those that have good overall first class records have been hugely boosted by 2nd team stats.

  • Naldo Niemand - 2015-03-31 10:03

    No hes not. Hes way to white

  • Alvin Makhubele - 2015-03-31 10:32

    This man should have been picked ahead of Vernon

  • Henro Grove - 2015-03-31 10:37

    We all long for the BEST team, but guess there's no space for Wiese as the poor quota needs an opportunity to feel special

  • Stephan van der Walt - 2015-03-31 12:27

    No. He is white!

  • Neville Watson - 2015-03-31 13:38

    Steyn had his sell by date , He talk to much on field

  • Amanda Siebrits - 2015-03-31 14:18

    No Haroon Lorgat is

  • Johan Brand - 2015-03-31 17:34

    Excellent player David Wiese. Your not the right colour!! KOLPAK is calling

  • Danie Burger - 2015-03-31 18:32

    To white bra

  • Rudi de Beer - 2015-04-01 07:12

    Hit the tan bed bru. Then change your name to dhlamini.

  • Mario Zoli - 2015-04-01 13:38

    as much as we would love him to be our answer, the fact remains HE IS WHITE end of the story and the dream Any self respecting good cricket, young or mid age, should start seeking elsewhere to play and represent that country to show of his or her skills

  • Pierre Rear Spear - 2015-04-07 15:26

    Never been as good as Ryan Mclaren. Of course, none of them are as brilliant as Behardien ...

  • Kholisa Willy Jacobs - 2015-04-08 15:14

    One name should come up here: ANDILE PHEHLUKWAYO.

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