Dolphins batsman Marques Ackerman is relishing the opportunity of captaining the South African Invitation XI in next week’s limited-overs tour fixture against Sri Lanka at Willowmoore Park in Benoni.
Ackerman captained the same team against the touring Pakistanis late last year. He managed a fine first-class century in that match, which Pakistan won by six wickets.
‘I am really keen for the challenge. I have never represented the invitational side in white-ball cricket, so I am looking forward to the match next week,’ he told the Dolphins website.
‘I have good memories of Benoni from the match against Pakistan, and it is exciting to test myself against more international players.’
The squad features plenty of provincial talent – and some franchise players such as Dolphins teammates Sibonelo Makhanya and Eathan Bosch.
‘It’s great to see Eathan getting the recognition, too. They have both had good seasons so far, and I am looking forward to playing alongside them again,’ added Ackerman.
The 22-year-old left-hander enjoyed a rich stretch of form for the Dolphins in the 4-Day Franchise Series last month, striking 137, 84 and 89 not out against the Knights, Warriors and Cape Cobras respectively.
‘Once you get a taste of the higher levels you don’t want to leave, and that just makes me hungrier to perform and make a name for myself. The last three months have been incredible for me and I want to continue to contribute to all the teams that I represent with the bat,’ concluded Ackerman.
The match will be played after South Africa and Sri Lanka’s two-match Test series – and prior to five ODIs and three T20Is.