Batsman Zubayr Hamza has lauded the positive influences of a string of coaches, after being included in South Africa’s squad for the Test series against Pakistan later this year.
The uncapped Hamza has been named in a strong 13-man party, which also includes fast bowler Duanne Olivier ahead of the injured Lungi Ngidi.
‘I was speechless when I learned of my selection. I was overjoyed and phoned my parents and thanked the Almighty,’ said Hamza on the Cape Cobras’ official website.
‘If selected, I would try and keep it as simple as possible.
‘The past three years, Shukri Conrad at the academy made a massive difference to me and then Faiek Davids and Ashwell Prince at the Cape Cobras and Russell Domingo at the South Africa A team played big roles.
‘Russell spoke to me a lot of what is expected at the highest level and encouraged me.’
The right-handed 23-year-old averages 48.95 after 51 first-class matches – and has struck nine centuries and 22 half-tons.
‘He is humble, has a solid technique and he keeps his feet on the ground. But ultimately, it’s his ability to win it or save it when under pressure because of the big match temperament that tells me he is ready to play for South Africa,’ added Prince.
The Proteas and Pakistan will meet for three Tests in Cape Town, Centurion and Johannesburg from 26 December 2018 to 15 January 2019. Five ODIs and three T20Is will follow.