Cape Town - Rilee Rossouw’s batting
versatility continues to be a valuable asset to the Proteas’ batting
depth in T20 International cricket.
Rossouw’s cameo of 38 off 20 balls at
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on Friday evening all but sealed the match for the
Proteas, and was another telling sign of the youngster’s potential after a
difficult start to international cricket.
“It was great to be back out
in the middle,” Rossouw said after Friday’s performance.
“We had a couple of
weeks off and good preparation leading into the game, so it was nice to get the
ball hitting the middle of the bat again.
“It feels good to be back
home,” he said of the lively conditions at Kingsmead.
from Bangladesh it was good to bat on a well prepared wicket that had something
for the bowlers and the batsmen. You got good value for your shots, it’s was
great to be out there.”
He averages 41 with a strike
rate of 155 after nine T20’s for the Proteas and had executed the finishing
role admirably in the series against Bangladesh before Friday’s knock. He
top-scored with 78 in his debut match against Australia coming in at No. 3, and
feels he will be able to add value in whatever situation his is required.
“I’m a bit all over the show
at the moment,” he said of his role in the order.
“I’m prepared to bat wherever
the coach and the captain need me depending on the situation. I feel that I’m
well prepared for any situation; I’ve batted six and I have opened the batting
so I’m quite experienced in those areas, I’m happy to bat where I’m needed on
“Last night the guys needed
me at four, that’s where I slotted in and did my job,” he added.
“If I’m needed
to come in at the end to hit a quick 30 off a few balls I’m capable of doing
that and I back myself and my abilities to do that. If I have to bat six in the
next game I will accept it with arms wide open, as long as the captain and
coach are happy.”
Rossouw says the Proteas have
their eyes set on a consecutive series win as they prepare for the final match
of the series at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday.
“Every game is an important
game for us,” he said.
“To beat a side like New Zealand like we did last night
is a great step in the right direction for the side and the nation. Every game
coming up is going to be a big challenge, we have to embrace that challenge. We
want to win every game going into that World Cup to get some momentum on our