willing to learn during Proteas experience
Durban – 20 year-old Sunfoil Dolphins all-rounder, Andile Phehlukwayo is
over the moon with his inclusion in the Standard Bank Proteas squad for
the upcoming once-off 50-over clash against Ireland and Momentum ODI
Series against Australia.
On Tuesday national convener of selectors, Linda Zondi announced
Phehlukwayo was one of three new faces in the South African squad, the
former Glenwood High School pupil joining Temba Bavuma and Dwaine
Pretorius as ODI newcomers.
“I’m really, really happy and overwhelmed by my selection,” said
Phehlukwayo shortly after arriving back in South Africa after touring
Australia with the national ‘A’ side for the past five weeks.
“I was having coffee while waiting to board our flight home when I got the
call and I couldn’t quite believe it at first.
“Since I’ve got back I’ve been enjoying the moment with my family and a
few friends,” he added.
The young bowling all-rounder is relishing the opportunity to rub
shoulders with some of the country’s biggest cricketing names and learning
as much as he can during his time with the national squad.
“I’m extremely lucky to be in this position; not many players get the
chance to be part of the Proteas setup, so I’m really looking forward to
“I hope to learn as much as I can while I’m there and continue to try grow
my game as best I can.
“Hopefully I can try lock into the minds of everyone in the Proteas mix,
guys like Dale (Steyn) from a bowling point of view, AB (de Villiers) and
Hash (Amla) with the bat; everyone really.”
Having preceded his time in Australia with a grueling stint with the
Powerade National Academy in Pretoria in the Winter, Phehlukwayo believes
his preparation both for his upcoming assignments as well as the 2016/17
domestic season has been good.
“National Academy went really well and then I felt I had a decent tour to
Australia with the ‘A’ side.
“Hopefully I can just keep improving my game, especially my batting, as I
know what my potential is and what I have produced so far.”
Zondi explained that Phehlukwayo’s contribution both for the Sunfoil
Dolphins last season and the South African ‘A’ side had played a pivotal
role in his national call up.
“Andile was our leading wicket-taker for South Africa A in the recently
concluded quadrangular series in Australia,” Zondi pronounced.
“It remains our practice to reward players who do well at franchise and
South Africa ‘A’ level and (Andile) has been knocking on the door for some
time following his strong performances in last season’s Momentum One-Day
The Standard Bank Proteas take on Ireland in a once-off Momentum ODI in
Benoni on Sunday 25 September before taking on Australia in a five-match
series, including the third leg taking place at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead,
Durban on Wednesday 5 October.
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