Bosman now trying even harder for a Protea spot after his maiden ton

2010-11-09 00:00

DESPITE bludgeoning a stunning 150 off 86 balls for the Dolphins, Loots Bosman has admitted that he faces a long road back to the Proteas ODI side, and also conceded that it will be even tougher to sneak into the World Cup squad early next year.

“If you look at the setup in the national side, it will be very tough to get a look in,” he pointed out. “Hashim Amla is playing unbelievably at the moment so he’s cemented his place, and obviously Graeme Smith is captain.”

That is not to say that the big-hitting opener will stop trying, of course.

Still beaming from an admittedly long overdue first century in limited-overs cricket, Bosman has expressed his desire to help the Dolphins to success this season.

“There is a great vibe in the dressing-room, and the whole team is chipping in with some big performances,”he told the Witness yesterday.

Speaking from Bloemfontein, where his young family is still based, Bosman added that he is focusing solely on success with the Dolphins, after being released from ODI duty by the Proteas.

“When they told me that I wasn’t part of the ODI team in Dubai, I was a bit down. But I have had a few good chats with [Dolphins coach] Graham Ford about what I want to do this season,” he said.

Galvanised by a middle-order full of promise and power, Bosman is very keen to play a part in the growth of the Dolphins this season.

“If you look at all the young guys putting their hands up, it is really great to see,” he enthused.

“I also think that one has to commend ‘Immy’ (Imraan Khan) for the way he has played this season,” Bosman said.

Indeed, captain Khan has been the perfect foil for the brutal Bosman, and their stand of 253 in 30 overs against a shell-shocked Warriors outfit was stunning evidence of their chemistry.

“In all seriousness, he has been our best player in the MTN40,” Bosman added emphatically.

“There were a few questions over his head in this format, but it’s great to see the way he has reacted and he is in great form at the moment.”

Bosman was equally excited by his own return to form, and he is hopeful of kicking on from his maiden ton.

“I can’t really explain why I hadn’t scored a hundred in this format, but it was a really proud moment to get there on Sunday,” he said.

“I have got a lot of 90s, 80s and 70s, so when I got close, I told myself to get over the mark, and then go crazy afterwards,” he explained.

And how.

Nicky Boje and the other slower bowlers suffered the brunt of Bosman’s beef, as he took another 16 balls to move from 100 to 150.

And yet, despite the carnage, he looked like a man playing within himself. “Fordie has been great in helping me find a space where I can take each ball as it comes,” Bosman said.

“In all honesty, I think he is the best coach that I have worked with in my career. He gets into your head, and makes you work so hard,” the veteran added.

Bosman is also excited at the return of David Miller from Proteas duty.

“David is such a good player, and he has been a bit unlucky with the Proteas,” Bosman lamented.

“But, hopefully, he will bounce back and help us get into the big games now that he is back,” he said excitedly.

Far from being down at his own lack of progress at international cricket, Bosman has found plenty of motivation at Kingsmead.

“I am loving my cricket here, and I really hope we can win something.”

If he keeps smashing his blitzkrieg hundreds, that may yet happen this season.

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