South African seamer Wayne Parnell is determined to play a key role – on and off the field – as Worcestershire prepare for Saturday’s Vitality Blast semi-final against Lancashire in Birmingham.
Parnell has been a key figure during Worcestershire’s T20 campaign this season and was particularly successful against Nottingham and Warwickshire last month. Six wickets in two important matches all but sealed Worcestershire’s berth in Saturday’s showdown.
‘I’m just trying to share some of my experiences with some of the other lads. The guys are very professional. They are young in age but with good heads on their shoulders,’ Parnell was quoted as saying by the Evesham Journal.
‘I’ve played with some very experienced guys, played in teams with some legends.’
The left-armer has relished a lengthy T20 career, including 40 matches for the Proteas and stints with the Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League, and Delhi Daredevils and Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League.
‘For me, it is about trying to learn from guys from different countries because, having grown up in South Africa, I’ve played with some legends like Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Mark Boucher and Graeme Smith,’ he added.
‘Then you can pick up things from guys from other countries and if you can add those skills to your game, then you can adapt to the different circumstances and surfaces.
‘If you have experienced guys, it is invaluable.
‘You can’t teach people how to play when you’ve played 100, 200, 300 games.
‘You can only go through that and once you’ve gone through it, then you can try and help other people mature quicker.’