Town - Proteas skipper Faf du Plessis has praised the development of allrounder
Andile Phehlukwayo after another encouraging display in the third ODI against
Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Phehlukwayo, largely tipped to be
South Africa's first-choice allrounder at this year's World Cup in England,
smashed 38* off just 15 balls (5x4, 1x6) as South Africa posted 331/5 from
their 50 overs.
It was exactly the type of cameo
that Du Plessis and the Proteas brains trust will want to see from Phehlukwayo
in the build-up to the tournament.
While his bowling and the
variation he shows with the ball are what make him such a highly-rated player,
the 23-year-old Phehlukwayo's batting ability has been the major question mark
hovering over his game.
But a recent run of good scores
have come at the perfect time.
Scores of 69, 67 and 68 have been
Phehlukwayo's last three contributions for the Dolphins in the One Day Cup,
while his 69* in
the 2nd ODI against Pakistan in Durban in January was a sublime effort.
Speaking of Phehlukwayo's hitting
display on Sunday, Du Plessis was clearly pleased.
"Brilliant. It was power
hitting, but there was a lot of smart cricket through that as well," the
"The way that Andi
(Phehlukwayo) was sitting back and expecting Malinga to bowl slower balls and
not trying to just hit sixes, using the angles and looking at the field, it
shows that his game is evolved, and he has grown into a better cricketer.
"It's great to see."
Phehlukwayo has been included in
South Africa's 15-man squad for the final two ODIs against Sri Lanka.