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Pretorius lone-stander in Proteas winning streak loss against Black Caps

By Marc Jacobson - Feb 24, 2017
Pretorius lone-stander in Proteas winning streak loss against Black Caps

Following his rampant 50 with the bat off just 27 balls against New Zealand at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Wednesday, Dwaine Pretorius has spoken up for his acclamation to be a levelled all-rounder for the Proteas, and this comes as no surprise.

With the ball, Pretorius achieved the best bowling figures in the side of 2/40, as well as the best economy rate of 4.00 in the same match, while at the same time, striking resiliently with the bat in the later stages of the innings.

“I would love to be seen as a 50/50 all-rounder. I would like to contribute in both aspects of the game. I do pride myself on my batting and on my bowling, I put in a lot of work in both facets of the game,” Pretorius told SuperSport on Thursday.

Pretorius has racked up six ODI caps for the Proteas, making his debut against Ireland last year – when the Proteas 12-match winning streak shot off.

Involved in the Proteas mix throughout their unbeaten tenure, Pretorius obtains a ODI batting average of 32.5 and bowling average of 23.11, with a man-of-the-match best 3/19 against Sri Lanka in the third ODI. In first-class cricket, Pretorius has a batting average of 42.46 with the highest score of 177 and a bowling average of 21.81 with best figures of 6/66.

Those figures speak volumes on stringing together the gap between the two duties, and suggest that Pretorius is not falling ahead of himself with his hopeful prospects.

“Hopefully people will start seeing me as a 50/50 player so I can keep adding value to the team, that’s the most important thing for me,” Pretorius added.

“I take a lot of confidence. It was only my second opportunity to bat. It’s great to contribute to the team, we all play for the country and we want to do well. For me to do well for the country - I’ve worked my whole life to get to this stage - it’s awesome to contribute,” he added of his performance against New Zealand.

Unfortunately for the Proteas, the aforementioned winning streak came to an end when they fell narrowly short to the Black Caps by a mere six runs – tying with their own record winning streak set in 2005, as well as Pakistan’s 12 set in 2008 in a three-way all time second-place tie.

Unable to pick New Zealand off, the Black Caps projected their score of 289 with the loss of just four wickets in their 50 overs.

New Zealand’s Ross Taylor scored 102 not out, along with James Neesham’s 71 not out. Kane Williamson also batted finely, scoring 69.

In South Africa’s innings, Pretorius’ 50 was the second best score behind Quinton de Kock’s 57. AB de Villiers (45) and JP Duminy (34) also contributed well. The Proteas totalled 283/9, with the loss wicket tally summing up their loss.

The pick of the bowlers for New Zealand were Trent Boult (3/63) and Mitchell Santner (2/46). 

Image: Dwaine Pretorius celebrating his rampant 50.