With the IT20 series between England and South Africa fast approaching, we’ve taken a look at three players in green and yellow that Eoin Morgan’s men may need to watch out for.
As both nations gear up for November’s T20 World Cup in Australia, they’ll be looking to find that winning formula as quickly as possible. These three players, the hosts will be hoping, will help the Proteas do exactly that…
Quinton de Kock
The recently appointed ODI captain is in serious form right now. His ability to go up the gears transcends the game’s various formats and, as with England’s Ben Stokes, can make a difference in every game no matter its length.
De Kock’s fluency and power gives him the ability to force opposition captains into field changes.
He’ll look to lead by example by scoring plenty of runs and, crucially, by taking those powerplays away from England. He may not (yet) be South Africa’s T20 captain, but he’s certainly a leader and an outstanding cricketer.
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You’d be forgiven for thinking that Lungi Ngidi is a good few years older than he really is. He’s been around for a long time, it seems, and has suffered his fair share of injuries in that time. The 23-year-old quick bowls a very heavy ball and, if there’s one thing we’ve all found out as England fans over the past six months or so, there will always be a place for pace in any XI.
Now he’s back, the big speedster will be looking to cement his place in a T20 side bursting with exciting quicks. Ngidi could potentially form one of the more potent seam-bowling departments in the tournament later this year, provided he can keep himself fit enough to line up with one Kagiso Rabada and the next man on our list.
Steyn’s included here because he’s both extremely experienced, a genuine great of the game…and I think I’m secretly in love with the guy.
His body may prevent him, these days, from competing at Test level but his natural ability to take wickets is not going anywhere. He’s honed his T20 skills in this year’s Big Bash and is targeting the World T20 as a tournament that he could, realistically, still be involved in.
Steyn will have a point to prove in this series, and that always spells ‘danger’ for the opposition. He can still bowl at 90mph and continues to improve, having honed his slower balls and yorkers in T20 tournaments over the past few years.
Not only do this man’s skills make him a real asset for any side, but his previous experience on the biggest stage could prove invaluable to a side packed full of exciting, young-ish talent.