Hamza makes his debut in Castle Lager Test
– Zubayr Hamza became South Africa’s 100th Test player of the postisolation era here yesterday morning, when he made his debut in the third Castle Lager Test against Pakistan.
It’s been a long journey for the talented 23-year-old, who survived an awkward accident involving a football and some fish oil in his mum’s kitchen to the ‘Bullring.’
Hamza, picked in place of the suspended Faf du Plessis, was to get his chance at the crease yesterday morning, after stand-in skipper Dean Elgar won the toss and chose to bat in bright sunshine. Hamza’s path to an SA Test cap, while seemingly straightforward, given where he was schooled, was to somewhat circuitous. Cricket wasn’t his first love. “I was more into football when I was younger,” he admitted this week. That love led to an accident at home when he was younger, something that happened frequently apparently given his clumsiness as a youngster. “I’ve heard a lot of stories from my parents, whether its rolling my foot over a football...or the time I was playing soccer in the kitchen and somehow I ended up covered in fish oil.”
“Growing up I always enjoyed sport, but I never thought cricket would be the sport I’d make a career out of...as I’ve grown up I fallen more in love with the sport.” Hamza, who completed his schooling at Rondebosch Boys High also the alma mater of Gary Kirsten, HD Ackerman and Jonathan Trott - has been on the selectors’ radar for a couple of seasons.