PACEMAN RABADA READY TO HELP KENT’S FOR­TUNES

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

South African pace bowler Kag­iso Rabada hopes his time at Kent will make him a bet­ter player. Rabada only turned 21 last month and de­spite only burst­ing onto the scene 18 months ago, he has al­ready six Test caps, 16 T20I and 20 ODI ap­pear­ances, the last of which last Fri­day saw him take 3-31 as South Africa lost against the West Indies in Bridgetown. Rabada burst onto the scene at the un­der-19 World Cup two years ago and has al­ready claimed his na­tional record for First Class match fig­ures (14-105) and be­came the youngest South African to take 10 wick­ets in a Test, as well as claim­ing 6-16 – in­clud­ing a hat-trick – on his ODI de­but. De­spite that, he said: “I don’t feel un­der any pres­sure. Hope­fully, I will leave a bet­ter player for the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing in dif­fer­ent con­di­tions and on dif­fer­ent sur­faces.” Rabada is set to make his bow in the tele­vised NatWest T20 Blast South Group against Sus­sex Sharks tonight (Thurs­day 6.30pm). He ar­rived in Can­ter­bury on Tues­day when Kent’s Cham­pi­onship clash with Der­byshire was brought to a pre­ma­ture close by heavy rain. He ad­mit­ted: “I was ex­pect­ing it, play­ers told me what it might be like. It’s cool, though, it’s not like I’ve never seen rain.” Rabada is set to fea­ture in at least six T20s and two ODC games as well as the Cham­pi­onship clash with Sus­sex at Tun­bridge Wells from July 17 be­fore leav­ing to join up with South Africa be­fore their home Test se­ries against Tom Latham’s New Zealand in Au­gust.

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