Titans allrounder David Wiese is SA’s latest player linked to a Kolpak deal, with Sussex aiming to snap him up.
The 31-year-old, who has six ODIs and 20 T20s for the Proteas to his name, has struggled to stay a regular in the national side and hasn’t been able to replicate his finishing ability he displays domestically. In fact, his highest score in ODIs is 41 and 28 in T20s and averages at 20.40 and 13.14 respectively.
Although he is an integral part of the Titans side, Wiese also enjoyed stints in the IPl and CPL and was signed on a two-game contract for Susses’s T20 Blast in June.
So successful was he – he had returns of 4-38 on his debut against Somerset, and contributed 16 runs off 8 balls with the bat against Surrey – that the county extended his stay.
With the abundance of young talent emerging, it is understandable that Wiese, who is nearly 32, is concerned about his security as a Protea. He would join batsman Stiaan van Zyl at Sussex after he signed November.
According to ESPN Cricinfo, Wiese has already informed the Titans that he is looking for a deal but CEO Jacques Faul said they have ‘no official confirmation’ that he has secured one. Wiese is represented by Weber van Wyk, the same agent who secured deals for Abbott and Rossouw.
David Wiese scored 119 in 11 matches in the Titans’ CSA T20 challenge title winning campaign, scoring at an average of 59.50. He also chipped in with 9 wickets at an average of 29.55, which helped his side retain their title. In his first-class career, Wiese has 4 105 runs averaging at 35.69 in 82 matches and 24o wickets at an average of 26.72.
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