Dream comes true for Beuran Hendricks – 19 February 2014

Cobras seamer, Beuran Hendricks, received his maiden call-up for the Proteas’ T20 squad.  The 23-year-old has been included in the squad to face Australia in a three-match T20 series from 9 – 14 March as well as the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh later in March. “It’s a dream come true,” a delighted Hendricks said. “I have been dreaming of playing for the Proteas since I was nine years old.  It’s even more special because it’s a World Cup year.  I will cherish this forever.” Last week, Hendricks was bought by the Kings XI Punjab for the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL), but says his call-up beats the IPL deal because it is something he has been striving for since he made his first-class debut. Hendricks credits Cricket South Africa’s High Performance coach, Vincent Barnes, and Cobras bowler, Charl Langeveldt, as the guiding forces in his young career.  “Vincent and … Continue reading

McLaren coming into his own – 14 November 2013

Ryan McLaren’s Man of the Series award in the recently completed series between South Africa and Pakistan in the UAE is just reward for his sterling all-round performances in ODI’s so far this year. The Proteas all-rounder is the leading fast bowler in ODI’s in 2013.  In 179.3 overs across 22 ODI’s, McLaren has bagged 39 wickets at an average of 23.  Only spin bowlers Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan) and Ravindra Jadeja (India) have taken more, but then they respectively also had three and five ODI’s more to get those wickets. With the exception of the once-off ODI against the Netherlands and the series against Sri Lanka in July / August, McLaren (30) has been the Proteas’ leading wicket taker in every ODI series in 2013. But it is when you add his contributions with the bat that McLaren’s true worth to the South African cause becomes clear.  Batting at no.7 … Continue reading