Marais is now ready to shine

Daily Dispatch - - Sport -

Ex­plo­sive Bor­der bat­ting su­per­star Marco Marais is ready to shine on the big stage as he pre­pares for the in­au­gu­ral Mzansi Su­per League (MSL) which gets un­der­way next week.

Marais en­joyed a blis­ter­ing Africa Cup T20 com­pe­ti­tion with Bor­der and is now look­ing to con­tinue his top form with the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Gi­ants in what is set to be South Africa's flag­ship T20 com­pe­ti­tion go­ing for­ward.

It was just un­der a year ago that Marais burst onto the world scene by shat­ter­ing a 97-year-old world record, when he hit the quick­est triple cen­tury in first-class cricket his­tory against Eastern Province.

The 25-year-old farmer from Stut­ter­heim was picked in the 10th round of the MSL draft and is now keen to power him­self through the tour­na­ment one ball at a time, es­pe­cially af­ter the fiery form he showed dur­ing the Africa T20 tour­na­ment.

Off the field, Marais spends his time farm­ing with his brother in Stut­ter­heim which he says, “it’s a bit eas­ier to hit a six than clean out a chicken coop.”

He adds that his time on the field is a time which, “helps me clear my mind and I think it keeps me hun­gry to do well.”

Marais ex­plained that his sub­lime form dur­ing the Africa T20 com­pe­ti­tion, where he ham­mered 359 runs in six in­nings fea­tur­ing two hun­dreds and two half cen­turies, was down to the free­dom af­forded to him by his coach, Frank Plaat­jes.

“Be­ing al­lowed by my coach to play with free­dom re­ally made it easy to just go out and have fun,” ad­mit­ted Marais.

“I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced the band ever, so I’m look­ing for­ward to the gees and ob­vi­ously to play at such a qual­ity sta­dium.”

He will be play­ing along­side Eng­land In­ter­na­tional Ja­son Roy, Proteas spin­ner

Off the field, Marais spends his time farm­ing with his brother

Im­ran Tahir, all-rounder Chris Mor­ris and Bor­der/War­riors team­mate and fel­low power hit­ter Chris­ti­aan Jonker.

Marais says he is look­ing for­ward to learn­ing from ev­ery­one in the team as well as the coach­ing dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity. My dad said I need to be a sponge,” added Marais.

The Nel­son Man­dela Bay Gi­ants play their first game of the com­pe­ti­tion against the Jozi Stars in Jo­han­nes­burg next week Sat­ur­day and their first home match will be on Fri­day, Novem­ber 23 against the Dur­ban Heat at St Ge­orge’s Park.

Tick­ets are avail­able at Tick­et­pro or at St Ge­orge’s Park. — DDC

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