Wiese gets nod for ODI matches
With his inclusion in the South African squad for the one-day international series against New Zealand, David Wiese has struck a huge blow – long before a bat has hit the first ball in the series.
The 30-year-old Titan is the latest player the selectors have turned to to fill a troublesome gap in the one-day team.
Wiese could bat at number seven at SuperSport Park in Centurion next Wednesday and also serve as an additional seamer in the first of three one-day encounters against the Black Caps.
He is also included in the squad for two T20 matches against the visitors, the first of which takes place in Durban on Friday.
It is in fact because of his recent excellent performances in the short version of the game that Wiese came to the attention of Linda Zondi and his fellow selectors. But it’s also a unique challenge, Wiese said. “I think I was definitely seen as a T20 specialist in the past, but the game has developed so much lately that more and more guys are comfortable in all three versions [test, one-day and T20],” Wiese told City Press’ sister paper, Rapport.
“It looks as if there is now at least a move away from the idea that a player is a specialist in only one kind of cricket at the expense of the other versions.”
The Proteas are still struggling to fill the void left by all-rounder Shaun Pollock after he retired in 2008.
A long list of injuries meant Wiese’s captain at the Titans, Albie Morkel, last filled this role in 2012.
Ryan McLaren, who succeeded Morkel, was dropped shortly before this year’s World Cup in Australasia – to make space for Wayne Parnell and Farhaan Behardien.
The gamble backfired, and the South Africans were narrowly beaten in the semifinals of the tournament by the New Zealanders.
Parnell this week paid the price for his lukewarm performances during the tournament and, although Behardien was retained for the games against the Kiwis, Wiese’s meteoric rise – in the previous Indian Premier