Proteas T20 player Behardien says new players raring to show worth against Kiwis

Johannesburg, Dec 19(ANI): South Africa batsman Farhaan Behardien believes the upcoming Twenty20 series against New Zealand is a good platform for the new players to show their worth.

AB De Villiers withdrew from the squad on Monday because of fatigue, however Behardien, who is one of the more established batsmen in the line-up, feels it will be an opportunity for the rest of the players to take responsibility.

"It's definitely an opportunity for the guys to showcase their talent and what they have learnt over the past few years," Sport24 quoted Behardien, as saying.

"David Miller played a T20 County stint at Yorkshire and did really well, so he has learnt his trade a little bit more since his debut a few years ago," he added.

"Faf (du Plessis) is in good form, even though it was in a Test match; he seems to be in a good space with his batting; he scored 65 in his last T20 innings against India in Sri Lanka," he said.

Behardien added: "And myself, I'm there to assess the risk and to assess what the team needs going forward in the innings. David Miller and Justin Ontong are guys that have proven that they can hit the ball far, Faf has proven that he can hit the ball far as well."

"But without AB there, it is our opportunity to show Russell (Domingo) and Gary (Kirsten) that we can step it up in an international series and that there are resources in the country," he said. (ANI)

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