Ngidi fit and ready to go


The Citizen (KZN) - - Front Page - Ken Bor­land

The Proteas pace­man made an im­pres­sive re­turn for the Ti­tans last week.

Fast bowler Lungi Ngidi cer­tainly did not re­turn to cricket in a gin­gerly fash­ion at the week­end, shin­ing with the ball for the Ti­tans in his first com­pet­i­tive bowl for nearly two months.

His re­turn au­gurs well for the Proteas as they head into a three­match se­ries against Eng­land with an in­ex­pe­ri­enced pace at­tack.

Ngidi bowled with im­pres­sive con­trol and dis­ci­pline in the do­mes­tic One-day Cup opener against the Lions, tak­ing 3/40 in nine overs, in his first match back af­ter suf­fer­ing a ham­string in­jury in the lat­ter stages of the Mzansi Su­per League and then at­tend­ing a Cricket South Africa con­di­tion­ing camp in Pre­to­ria.

The first ODI is to­mor­row in Cape Town and Ngidi will only have Beu­ran Hen­dricks, Lutho Si­pamla and Andile Phehluk­wayo as fel­low pace­men in the Proteas squad with Kag­iso Rabada, Dwaine Pre­to­rius, An­rich Nortje and Dane Pater­son all rest­ing. Ju­nior Dala and Wi­aan Mul­der are both still in­jured

“I feel very good and I feel re­ally good about the re­sults, los­ing 4-5kg, from the cou­ple of weeks I spent at the HPC with Adrian le Roux work­ing on my con­di­tion­ing. It was good to fi­nally have a block of time to work on that, just run­ning, bowl­ing and gyming, de­vot­ing 100% of your time to train­ing. I pride my­self on the way I bounce back and the Ti­tans game was a step in the right di­rec­tion. Hope­fully I can keep that mo­men­tum go­ing.

“It’s good to see some guys get­ting rest af­ter their heavy work­loads and lead­ing the at­tack is some­thing I’ve done be­fore. I’m used to the ex­pec­ta­tion, I must just keep do­ing what I al­ways do, just try to be as con­sis­tent as pos­si­ble and keep tak­ing wick­ets. We want to re­strict Eng­land to as low a to­tal as pos­si­ble, they have good play­ers, but we have good bowlers too,” Ngidi said at New­lands yes­ter­day.

While Ngidi was pre­sum­ably cut­ting pota­toes and other harm­ful food items out of his diet and re-ex­am­in­ing his life­style at the HPC, David Miller was busy play­ing, with lim­ited suc­cess, for the Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes in the Big Bash League.

The left-handed bats­man is now a vet­eran of the squad and said he was ex­cited by the new look of the squad, but added this was not an ex­cuse for un­der-per­form­ing.

“I had time off af­ter the World Cup and then played in the MSL and the Big Bash, from which I got back on Tues­day.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence but I found it quite dif­fi­cult to get into, al­though I had a nice score at the back end.

Pic­ture: Back­pagepix

READY. Proteas speed­ster Lungi Ngidi is hop­ing to con­tinue his form in the first ODI against Eng­land at New­lands to­mor­row.

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