Nelson Mandela Bay Giants batsman Marco Marais is looking forward to effectively performing on a global stage, come Wednesday’s Mzansi Super League fixture against the Paarl Rocks at St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth.
The MSL has fashioned a place on a T20 domestic league calendar that also includes the Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, T20 Blast, Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, Australia’s Big Bash League and others.
The Giants currently occupy first position in the 2019 MSL’s six-team standings – and Marais has been key to the rise. He struck a superb 40 not out in the victory over the Cape Town Blitz recently.
‘This is the tournament where you really want to do well and show the world what you can do. Our roles were defined before the tournament started and each player knows what he has to do,’ said Marais.
‘When we practise, we practise for situations you would be faced with come game day.’
The Giants have lost batsman Farhaan Behardien to injury for the remainder of the tournament. Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate has been added to the squad as a replacement.
‘Even though Farhaan got injured he still sends us messages. It just helps to be able to fall back on their knowledge – batting with them and spending time with them off the field,’ added Marais.
Seamer Beuran Hendricks, meanwhile, is biding time. He was drafted by the Giants earlier this year, but hasn’t played a match.
‘The team is quite successful at the moment and if you’re a good side you don’t tamper with winning ways. I am happy to bide my time and if the team needs me, I am ready,’ concluded Hendricks.