The youngest member of South Africa's T20 squad is 22 years old, the oldest of 39, and it is this mix of youth and experience that surrounds Andile Phehlukwayo, he only 26 days before being the youngest player in the group , believe that it is just right balance in this format.
"There is a balance between the guys who have experience and already have some T20 caps and rookies," Phehlukwayo said on the eve of the first of the three T20I against Zimbabwe. "That's where the balance comes in the team, and it's really good to have him on the team."
South Africa has included two possible international debutants, Gihahn Cloete and Rassie van der Dussen, for the matches against Zimbabwe, also "19659002]" There are many players on the team who are quite new, "said Phehlukwayo. performances at the domestic level, they really deserve their caps. Gihahn is a really exciting hitter. Rassie has performed well abroad. He has played in the Premier League of the Caribbean and in the United States and he has done really well. "There, Junior and Rob have had some stops, all the men who are in the team have performed nationally and have done very well. , have put their hands and have earned their place in the international team.
"The depth within" The South African system is really good, "he added. "Some guys have had some bumps in this series, and it's good to see new guys come in before the World Cup."
In fact, it will be difficult to see any white-ball cricketer that South Africa plays from now until May of next year outside the context of the World Cup and although the format could be different, the clues on how The new names in the T20 South African squad could also be part of their thinking for England can be drawn from the cricket they have recently played. The four newcomers are leaving their posts on side A, which participated in a one-day triangular series against the A teams from India and Australia in August.
Cloete was part of the same Sub-19 team as Quinton de Kock, and consistent domestic performances led to his inclusion in the South Africa A trip to India. He responded with a fluency of fifty in a one-day game against Australia A, and opened his national season with 81 against the Lions last week.
Frylinck was also part of that A tour, having made his T20I debut against Bangladesh the following year. One season with Trinbago Knight Riders at CPL 2017. At 34, Frylinck provides a great experience on T20 and adds value as a two-in-one player. He played 98 T20, scoring his runs at 148.22 and taking a field every 18.5 deliveries, relying on a mix of knuckleballs and yorkers in death.
Paterson's bowling game is equally modern, and made a good impression with 5 for 19 against India A before returning to South Africa and helping Cobras to a winning start in their domestic season with a match of 7 for 135 against the Knights in Newlands. Van der Dussen's contributions to tour A were a bit scarce, but he is in excellent T20 returns from the T20 Global in Canada and the Caribbean Premier League.
As South Africa moves towards the 2019 Vision, all of the above, as well as Dala, who played two ODIs in Sri Lanka, will believe that their T20 skills could be transferable to a slightly longer format. Phehlukwayo certainly believes that is the case, suggesting that the thin margins of the shorter format can help sharpen vital skills.
"The T20 cricket helps with all the small skills, all the little basics of trying to hit the ball in the gaps and using skills that can not be used particularly often in the long format," he said. "It simply improves your level and the variety of shots you have, the skills you can use."
South Africa galloped to a 3-0 victory in the ODI, and in the third game they began to express the kind of positivity that coach Ottis Gibson is trying to make the touchstone of his limited cricket. Replicating that again and again will be key to being part of the team's culture, estimated Phehlukwayo.
"We have to maintain the level of cricket and the cricket brand we play," he said. "We have to put a lot of emphasis on the culture and the cricket brand we want to play, we want to be really positive, we want to execute our skills, and no matter the opposition, in situations of pressure, you want to be the person who is there and do it well" .