Kagiso Rabada is relishing the prospect of playing his first Test at Lord’s on Thursday.
Rabada is keen to experience the unique atmosphere associated with the Home of Cricket.
‘When you’re young and watching TV, you see the guys walk through the Long Room and people clapping — it’s very traditional. And now it’s nice to be among it,’ Rabada told Daily Mail website.
Rabada has taken a much-needed breather ahead of the four-Test series after the Proteas Champions Trophy campaign. Despite the fact that he bowled 200 overs more than any other South African bowler, the speedster insists that by staying fit he has remained fresh ahead of the clash.
‘It’s up to me to make sure I’m fit and get all the necessary advice. I’ll think about the advice, and do whatever I feel is right. As you get older, you realise how to package yourself. It’s all a work in progress.’
The man affectionately known as ‘KG’ says the key against England will be a fearless approach and sticking to his game plan.
‘I’ve learned to be fearless. If you don’t do well, so be it. I’ve got my plans in order. It’s not going to be an easy Test. England are a quality team, playing in their back yard. The guys are up for it,’ he said.
Rabada has also filled the void left by Dale Steyn’s absence, though he is reluctant to entertain comparisons between the two of them.
‘He’s a great bowler, one of the greatest of all time. I like to be myself. I don’t want to be the next Dale Steyn, but I’d love to achieve what he’s achieved — and even more, if I can,’ he remarked.
Rabada will be hoping to emulate his 2016 success against England, which saw him claim 13-144 against England at Centurion.