Tsotsobe: Hard work paying off

2009-11-03 13:21

East London - Lonwabo Tsotsobe, the Warriors' left-arm swing bowler, has started the MTN40 series with a flourish by claiming two consecutive man of the match awards and he puts his success down to hard work.

The 25-year-old returned match figures of 4-27 against the Dolphins last Friday before snatching 3-36 against a much-vaunted Cape Cobras’ batting line-up on Sunday.

Tsotsobe’s performances helped the Warriors to victory in both of the aforementioned matches and his team now sits comfortably ensconced atop the MTN40 log.

“I am very happy with the way things are going at the moment. I have worked hard and now I am starting to reap the benefits. I just keep on doing what I have been told to do and it’s working for me,” Tsotsobe said on Tuesday.

The tall fast bowler has been particularly impressive with the new ball, extracting swing and bounce, which has seen him trouble even the most skilful of batsmen.

Against the Dolphins, Tsotsobe’s new ball spell yielded figures of 3-13 off six overs while against the Cobras he snared 3-16 off six overs.

Tsotsobe’s victims during the Cobras match included the in form duo of Andrew Puttick and JP Duminy.

Despite his recent achievements the Port Elizabeth-born Tsotsobe believes that if he can improve on his pace he will became far more of a threat for opposition batsmen.

“I probably need to get my pace up to consistently around the 140, 145km/h mark. It would make me a more dangerous bowler, especially if I could swing the ball at that pace,” he said.

The Warriors’ spearhead is quick to point out that he owes much of his success this season down to his provincial team-mates. The Eastern Cape franchise has been able to call on the likes of current or former Proteas’ stars Mark Boucher, Makhaya Ntini, Johan Botha, Ashwell Prince and Nicky Boje.

“Those guys add such value to the team. They have played so many games and you learn a lot from them,” Tsotsobe explained.

Tsotsobe will now turn his attention to international duty. He has been included in the Proteas squad for the two one-day-internationals (ODIs) against Zimbabwe and the first three, of five, ODIs against England.

The man known as “Lopsy” made an immediate impact on his ODI debut when he captured four for 50 against Australia in Perth in January this year.

Unfortunately for Tsotsobe he sustained a knee injury shortly after returning to South Africa and his international ambitions were put on hold. Not surprisingly, he is excited about being back in the reckoning.

“I am looking forward to be part of the squad. If I can keep on doing what I have been, hopefully I can force my way into the team,” he concluded.


  • Dennis - 2009-11-03 14:11

    Well done Lonwabo you are a excellent role model and an asset You have shown that you can achieve anything you want by hard work Known fact that the champions of this world are the ones that work the most . I wish you the very best

  • Malume - 2009-11-03 14:19

    As to how Tsotsobe is being overlooked or made to warm the bench i just can't understand. It's even worse when someone does badly and the coach insists on playing that person ahead of you. Guys like Morne Morkel, people say "he's tall and can extract bouncers" but the lad doesn't take wickets,inaccurate and is damn expensive,more of a test player if you asked me but they force him to the ODI side. Even Parnell is no better than Tsotsobe,he is a very inconsistent player. I do not hold in high regard a player that takes 4 for 70 runs,that's just a match losing perfomance.He only takes a wicket because the guy is tired of smashing him for 4's and 6's. I understand Tsotsobe got injured just after the Ozzie series but he's not always been injured. A call up just to make you run onto the field with water is disrespectful.

  • greg - 2009-11-03 14:20

    How sad b'cos Tsotsobe will never get the opportunity to play full time for the Mighty proteas b'cos the Mafia's will always hold on to their 'spots'. This young man will soon be demotivated. I wonder if he has an english passport...................................................................????????????????

  • Noodles - 2009-11-03 14:41

    I have big expectations for lopsy. I wish him all the best.

  • NeilA - 2009-11-03 14:57

    so good to see a player who actually smiles and looks like he is enjoying the game, compared to the zondekis, morkels and kallis who always look so depressed...

  • celumusa - 2009-11-03 16:03

    lopsy is a quality left arm seam bowler that can trouble most top class batmen and should be given more international exposure to better execute his skill!

  • Benchwarmers - 2009-11-04 16:06

    We have the best benchwarmers in the world. Quality one day specialist have to sit and watch their country get their @sses handed to them. We have guys like Ontong, Tsotsobe, Abdullah, Petersen sitting match after match warming the bench. NO WONDER SO MANY GUYS RATHER GO AND PLAY OVERSEAS. OUR SELECTORS HAVE TUNNEL VISION.

  • Stanford Flanagan - 2009-11-05 15:57

    Do not be so negative all of u. Lonwabo will replace Makhaya. We cannot have too many black guys in the team. They must play soccer for the disgraceful Bafana Bafana. 1 Black, 1 or 2 coloured, and 1 Muslim, that is way enough guys of color. The other spots must be filled by the BEST cricketers in the land. Otherwise the balance of the team will be MUCH TOO WEAK.

  • Nams - 2010-01-26 07:59

    I'm still upset that we dont see more of Loods Bosman. He's just fantastic! But hes a bench warmer to make way for mediocres like Hall, Morkel and Johan Botha. I couldnt believe it that everytime he has played he has made AT LEAST a half century. And he's fab to watch. In India he would already be in the National team cos they recognise true talent. Lalit Modi and IPL team - I want to see him in this years IPL please! Hes perfect!

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