• Rabada’s reaction to Test selection

    The former U19 star has been thrust into international cricket, but he’s just concentrating on his next game. By: Gareth Stevens.

    Kagiso Rabada is getting used to good news and that was once again what he received when the Test squad to play the West Indies was announced. Just like everything that the young quick has encountered on the field of play, Rabada took the news in his stride.

    ‘I was in the kitchen having breakfast when I got the call from Andrew Hudson,’ explained Rabada. ‘I was happy, but not overly excited.’

    Although he isn’t sure about his role in the squad, Rabada is determined to give his very best when the players meet up ahead of the first Test in Centurion.

    ‘I feel like I’m just going to go and try my best,’ said the 19-year-old. ‘Hopefully the intensity of playing international cricket in Australia will stand me in good stead, and I’m sure the four-day cricket I’ve played for the Lions will also help.’

    Rabada has been pushed through the ranks at an alarming rate, but the instant success hasn’t changed the teenagers outlook.

    ‘Nothings really changed, I just want to take it game by game,’ said Rabada of his goals. ‘It [international success] has happened quickly for other players in the past, so I know it’s possible.’

    Rabada’s First-Class stats:

    Matches Wkts BBI Ave SR
    7 25 4-57 24.84 49.4

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