Proteas

Ontong backs Hendricks to regain form

2015-05-28 12:04
Beuran Hendricks (Gallo)

Cape Town - Beuran Hendricks faced a potential career-threatening stress fracture in 2014 and suffered several months on the sidelines after representing South Africa in five T20-Internationals.

Now, the 24-year old left-arm swing bowler has taken the first firm step on his way back into international cricket.

He was on Wednesday selected in the Proteas T20 squad for the series against Bangladesh in July.

Hendricks showed glimpses of his best form in his match-haul of seven for 74 against the Dolphins in the final Sunfoil Series match of the 2014/2015 season.

Even while representing the Cape Cobras in the One Day Cup final against the Titans, the fast bowler operated with some venom and pace.

“I am happy Beuran is selected. He showed some signs that he is getting back into form in his final few games (in the Indian Premier League while representing the Kings X1 Punjab),” said Justin Ontong, the Cape Cobras skipper.

“I won’t say the old Beuran is back and that he is performing at 100% of his potential, but it is about self-confidence, and Beuran must still regain that,” said Ontong.

“We know all about his potential,” the captain said.

Ontong was at the helm of the Cape Cobras when Hendricks nipped out 28 batsmen in 11 matches in the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge in 2013/2014.

The Cobras lost the final by 2 runs against the Dolphins, but atoned for that loss by winning the T20 Challenge in emphatic style in the 2014/2015-season at the Knights’ expense.

“I am confident Beuran is just one match away from his best in the T20 format,” Ontong said.

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