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