• Olivier appreciates team effort

    Fast bowler Duanne Olivier was pleased to bring ‘something different to the team’ as South Africa completed a convincing three-nil series sweep over Pakistan on Monday.

    Victories in the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion and the second at Newlands in Cape Town effectively paved the way for a third at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

    Olivier was initially chosen as a replacement for the injured Vernon Philander, but retained his place when the veteran all-rounder returned – and spinner Keshav Maharaj was dropped.

    The lanky right-armer repaid the faith to the tune of two dozen wickets – and clinched the Player of the Series accolade.

    ‘Look, at the end of the day, I’m proud of my performances, but it’s a team effort. I’m just happy to contribute to the team,’ said Olivier.

    ‘The Wanderers has some bounce, so you don’t have to bowl that short, although my pitch map says I was short. Each bowler brings something. For me it’s about bringing something different to this team.’

    The 26-year-old took 11 wickets in Centurion, five at Newlands and eight in Johannesburg – after impressing for the Jozi Stars in the inaugural Mzansi Super League.

    He is not part of the squad for this month’s five ODIs and three T20Is against the Pakistanis.

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