Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt has hinted that Dolphins quick Daryn Dupavillon is the most ‘like for like’ replacement for Anrich Nortje ahead of Wednesday’s final ODI against Pakistan.
Having levelled the three-match series, the Proteas go into the contest without five of their key players, who departed for the IPL after Sunday’s thrilling Pink Day clash.
Quinton de Kock, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Nortje have all met up with their respective IPL teams, meaning a fairly different Proteas team will take the field at SuperSport Park.
One new face is set to be Dupavillon, who Langeveldt believes will have to do a big job in the absence of Nortje.
‘He [Dupavillon] has to be our enforcer,’ Langeveldt said on Tuesday.
‘He has to do the job of Anrich Nortje. He bowls quite quick and he is a skiddy bowler. He brings something different. He has to be a bit more aggressive, especially in the middle period where we need to take wickets.
‘He has been brilliant in the nets and he has showed a lot of skill. He has been running in, bowling quick and that’s what we are going to ask of him tomorrow – to be able to be our enforcer.’
Nortje has been the pick of the South African bowlers across the two ODIs so far, picking up seven wickets in total. His pace and shorter deliveries have provided a proper test for the dangerous Pakistan batting lineup.
Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj and Wiaan Mulder are all also in with a chance of securing a birth for the deciding ODI. Langeveldt, though, added that the fairly inexperienced bowling attack will need to be on the money throughout the whole Pakistan innings.
‘We just have to bowl well. We’ve started well and then they’ve come hard at our first-change bowlers and that’s the thing we need to improve if we want to win World Cups,’ he explained.
Dupavillon has one ODI cap to his name, having featured against Australia in the final ODI of last year’s series in Potchefstroom.