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Parnell set to return home

2010-11-09 08:32
Wayne Parnell (Gallo Images)
Eduan Roos

Dubai – Struggling Proteas paceman Wayne Parnell could return to South Africa this week in an attempt to regain his form for the coming home series against India.

The 21-year-old left-hander was despatched to every corner of the International Stadium on Friday night during the fourth ODI against Pakistan and with bowling figures of 0/53 in 8.5 overs, he was one of the guilty parties in the visitors' dramatic one wicket defeat.

It was Parnell's only match in the series.

He also lacked form in the home series against Zimbabwe, this after returning recently from a serious groin injury which kept him off the field for over six months.

According to the convenor of the national selection panel, Andrew Hudson, Parnell could be heading home before the Test series.

"It is something that we will have to discuss because it is not easy or fair to tour with the team yet get virtually no chance to play," Hudson told Sport24.

"It would probably be better for Wayne if he returns earlier than planned to South Africa to get a shot at playing for the Warriors."

"We have an important series against India and it would be better for us if Wayne were to regain his best form before it begins," said Hudson.

Gary Kirsten's team will play a Twenty20 match, five ODI’s and three Test matches against the South Africans, beginning in December.

Parnell had to sit out of most of ODI series due to the excellent form shown by Lonwabo Tsotsobe, the other left-handed seam bowler in the squad.

That he might by on a plane soon means that he won't be considered for the Test series here, despite his inclusion in the initial squad.

The first of two Tests begins on Friday in this desert city.

Tsotsobe's worrying back injury could, however, force Hudson and his co selectors to keep Parnell in Dubai a while longer.

According to Corrie van Zyl, the Proteas coach, the South Africans were full of confidence that Parnell would soon regain his best playing form.

"Wayne is a player of substance, but he has played very little cricket lately. We realise his self-confidence is currently low and it will take time for him to reach his usual standard," said Van Zyl.

"He is, however, a very important part of the team and merely needs sufficient match practice."


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