Cricket South Africa has been relatively transparent of late in terms of who they are looking to blood as Proteas in the future. Last year, then director of cricket Corrie van Zyl publicly earmarked several players for debuts, which have since come to fruition.
More recently, Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt pinpointed five more for the future.
‘There have been a few names that have popped up – Ntanzi, Coetzee, there’s Stuurman, Tait and then obviously Lutho, who’s been brilliant in the national set-up,’ said Langeveldt.
‘So, there’s a few out there and these are the guys that will be the backup for the national team and they are the ones we want to see.’
Here, we take a look at the quintet who – in part or in full – might join the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Lungi and others in Test, ODI and T20I cricket in the foreseeable future.
- The 18-year-old Ntanzi is almost brand new to professional cricket. His franchise debut for the Dolphins was marked by the key wicket of the dangerous Ryan Rickelton of the Lions. Ntanzi played for South Africa U19 against Pakistan U19 in the middle of last year. ‘I just want to keep learning about the game and playing against the best players and getting tools from them,’ he said earlier this year.
- The 19-year-old Coetzee was impressive for the Jozi Stars in the 2019 edition of the Mzansi Super League before being sidelined by injury. He returned to be a key member of South Africa’s otherwise plighted U19 World Cup campaign. ‘I’ve really thought he’s a standout performer, that he will play international cricket at some point for South Africa,’ said former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop of Coetzee.
- The 27-year-old Stuurman sports an impressive first-class bowling average of under 22 after 178 wickets in 45 matches. He welcomed a franchise debut for the Warriors last year and played for South Africa A against England in Benoni. He copped plenty of expense at the hands of centurions Joe Denly and Ollie Pope, though.
- The 24-year-old Tait opened the bowling for a Cricket South Africa Invitation XI against England in Paarl and fired against a star-studded batting order. He later relished an extended run in the Warriors XI for the One-Day Cup and has been contracted for the 2020-21 season. He should learn plenty playing alongside the seasoned Basheer Walters at the Warriors.
- The 21-year-old Sipamla has already debuted at T20I level and, more recently, in ODI cricket. But he is a Test-cricket prospect, too. Former national captain AB de Villiers had high praise for Sipamla during the Tshwane Spartans’ 2018 Mzansi Super League campaign. The young right-armer has left the Warriors for the Lions ahead of the 2020-21 season.
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