Jon-Jon Smuts remains hopeful of being recognised by national selectors across all formats, after starring for the Warriors this season.
The Warriors reached both the One Day Cup and T20 Challenge finals in this year’s domestic campaign, and this was largely due to their captain.
Smuts finished as the second highest scorer of the One Day Cup, and first in the T20 challenge, but it was not enough to lead his side to a trophy.
Having already represented the Proteas in the T20I series against Sri Lanka last year, Smuts remains hopeful of representing his country in more than one format in the future.
‘It would be nice to get recognition,’ he said regarding national selection.
‘I performed in the white ball competition as well this year, so hopefully I can get some recognition. But that’s not in my control, that’s the selector’s job.’
The Warriors were dominated in what was a repeat of the T20 Challenge final, as the Titans crushed the Eastern cape side by 236 runs on Friday.
The Titans scored 425-5, setting the highest total in List A cricket, which the Warriors barely chased down as they were bundled out for 189.
The Warriors saw major improvements to last season, which saw them lose the semi-final of the One Day Cup, and end fourth in the T20 Challenge.
Smuts believes his side is still developing.
‘Over the last two years we’ve been building a squad, and it just so happened that this season we had a lot of people putting their hands up, with special performances from a lot more players,’ said Smuts.
‘We can only get better from here. We still a young squad and there’s space for a lot of growth, so hopefully we can win a trophy next season.’
Smuts did, however, highlight his side’s stand-out players.
‘Colin Ackermann won the MVP, which shows the good season he had. Colin Ingram has done really well again. For him, it’s like a quiet season, but he was still near the top again. Andrew Birch, Sisanda Magala, Basheer Walters and Christiaan Jonker [injured in the One Day Cup] were all solid.
‘We had a lot of guys put their hands up and who have won games for the side, which is very pleasing to see.’