Pretoria - South
African offspinner Dane Piedt is ready to fight for his place in the Proteas squad
following his recovery from a lengthy injury layoff.
Piedt was named
in the South Africa A side, who embark on a unofficial Test series against
India A in July.
pitches of the sub-continent will give Piedt the ideal opportunity to show he
has fully recovered from the shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for close
to three months.
Piedt had a superb
debut for the Proteas against Zimbabwe last August when he took a wicket from his
very first delivery at the highest level before finishing with a match-haul of eight for 152.
His stint with the
national side was cruelly cut short when he dislocated his shoulder during a
Cape Cobras Champions League T20 match in India.
"I am titanium
now with two screws in my shoulder, it is keeping everything together, it was
quite hectic surgery," Piedt said at a national spin-bowling camp in
Pretoria this week.
"They told me I
would be off for six weeks and it ended up being three months, which came at a
quite a bad time but it is all over now, and I am 100 percent raring to go in
In his absence, Warriors' spinner Simon Harmer was equally impressive on his Proteas debut against the
West Indies boasting with figures of 7/153.
Harmer and Aaron
Phangiso have been selected ahead of Piedt for the Proteas' tour of Bangladesh
in July and August.
However, Piedt was
hopeful that he would soon be back to his best to stake a claim in the national
side with the injury now a distant memory.
nothing is left out of my bowling arsenal and I am very much looking forward to
playing cricket at a 100 percent again," Piedt said.
"There are a lot
of sub-continent tours coming up and in my mind I tell myself that I will be
used as a wicket-taking option.
"There are six
Tests in the subcontinent so the quicker I am bowling well and taking
wickets, the quicker I want to get into the national side."