Cape Town - Proteas bowling coach, Charl
Langeveldt, must be credited with Wayne Parnell’s renewed ability to swing the
ball, said Ashwell Prince, head coach of the Cape Cobras.
Parnell is in the test squad for the third test against Sri
The left-arm swing bowler and the Cobras’ new-ball bowler
Dane Paterson will also represent South Africa in the T20 format.
It will be Paterson’s international debut.
“It is just reward for his performances not only in the T20
format, but all formats,” Prince said of Paterson.
“He bowls in all the power plays. If you want to do that,
you need character and the skills to produce it. You cannot be one-dimensional.
Dane swings the new ball, he produces the yorkers, the slower balls, the
cutters. He possesses all the skills.
“He also is a 100% performer and don’t shirk his
responsibilities,” added Prince.
Paterson was the man who almost single-handedly propelled
the Cape Cobras to the Ram Slam T20 Challenge in December 2014 by
capturing 4-33 in the final against the Knights.
In the same season, he was the leading wicket-taker in the
domestic showpiece with 42 scalps.
“I got the call 22h30 on Thursday evening and the chairman
of selectors told me I was selected. I was just tossing and turning the whole
night. I just could not sleep after that call. Luckily we batted the next day
(in the Sunfoil Series match against the Highveld Lions),” a delighted
“I think I understand my game much better now than two
seasons ago when I achieved that 4-33,” the fast bowler added.
Prince said Parnell has previously sprinted to the crease,
but right now, his approach is slower, yet more rhythmical. His wrist and feet
positioning are also good, and during the weekend, he swung the ball in the
Sunfoil Series match against the Highveld Lions.
Parnell also struck an unbeaten 103 off 131 balls to power
the Cobras to their first Sunfoil Series win of the 2016/2017-season.
The left-hander has struck two four-day centuries and two
List A tons during his distinguished career.
When on song with the ball, he can be devastating, as he
showed by capturing 7-51 against the Dolphins in a Sunfoil Series
match last season.