Wiese gets nod for ODI matches

CityPress - - Sport - EDUAN ROOS sport@city­press.co.za

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

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