Spinner Keshav Maharaj has hailed the Proteas’ collective effort ahead of Wednesday’s second ODI against Australia at the Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.
The hosts won last week’s series opener at Boland Park in Paarl by 74 runs. Debutant Kyle Verreynne starred with a near half-century, while fellow middle-order batsman Heinrich Klaasen graduated to a ton.
‘Quinton de Kock has been a stalwart of our batting lineup, but it just shows that the youngsters in our side like Verreynne, who in his debut match put his hand up and scored some vital runs,’ said Maharaj.
‘Heinrich has played a handful of games and showed a lot of maturity in his innings that he played and how he paced himself, made him feel like he has been there for a long time.
‘I think we’re coming out of the phase when it’s a one-man team, we play together as a team. Everyone is putting their hand up in various games, which is very important for us going forward.’
Maharaj, Verreynne and Klaasen have been named in South Africa’s squad for this month’s three-ODI tour of India. The uncapped George Linde has also been included, while spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is absent due to paternity leave.
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