SA domestic cricket brimming with world-class talent

Johannesburg, Mar 2(ANI): South African domestic is brimming with world class players, who are constantly knocking the selection doors to earn a spot in the world number one Test team squad, according to free lance writer Ant Sims

"With Morne Morkel ruled out of the third and final Test against Pakistan with injury, somebody very few people had ever heard of was called in as cover. Nobody thought he would ever play and when a press release announced Kyle Abbott as the cover player," Sims wrote in his column for Sport24.

"There was nothing average about him when he stepped out in his Test whites, though. He made his debut in stellar fashion and he is just one of many fast bowlers who have graduated from the High Performance Academy which former Proteas bowling coach Vincent Barnes heads up," he added.

"Barnes was with the Proteas for eight years before he was shifted to take charge of the HPC and he has a wealth of fast bowlers to nurture and fine tune, not only to help ease the burden on the current crop of spearheads, but also to prepare players for the step up onto the international stage," he further wrote.

Sims added: "Also in charge of the South African A team, Barnes has a crop of youngsters at his hands who he can shape and mould to perfection."

"Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Wayne Parnell and even Chris Morris are all players who are currently the clay Barnes is moulding and while those are all players who have been tried and tested in the past it was before the academy structure was in such prime condition," he wrote.

"Above and beyond some of those known names, there are a few bowlers on the domestic circuit who are all sticking their hands up, all players who know their game and who - with the right help and guidance - can become serious contenders for a spot in the South African side," he added.

"To have such a wealth of players at one's disposal is not only a luxury, but it's also one of the key aspects of fostering success in the national team," he concluded. (ANI)

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