Proteas

Paterson relishes death bowling baton

Dane Paterson (Getty Images)
Dane Paterson (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Proteas fast bowler Dane Paterson says he would be "honoured" to be the Proteas' go-to death bowler.

Paterson was the star performer with the ball against England, picking up career-best figures of 4/32 in an impressive display of death-over bowling in the third T20I against England on Sunday.

"I enjoy it and I think I've gotten used to that pressure," Paterson told reporters in Cardiff.

"There's so many good players, you've got to keep on practicing and putting in the hours. I'm just happy that it paid off.

"It's just about keeping it simple and if it works, it works."

Proteas skipper AB de Villiers told the media after their loss in Cardiff that Paterson is a "great prospect" for South African cricket.

Paterson, who has only played four T20Is, said that confidence was key in order to back himself with a good performance during the England series.

"We have a lot of good death bowlers with (Chris) Morris, Morne Morkel and even Imran Tahir. It's a huge honour playing for your country and knowing that your captain backs you, especially in situations like that where you have players who can bowl at the death."

Despite the Proteas failing to get over the line, it was Paterson's display with the ball that had former Proteas wicket-keeper/batsman Mark Boucher excited.

"We seem to have found a bloke (Paterson) who can hit the block-hole more often than not. It is exciting; I hope a few others take note," Boucher said in the SuperSport studio.

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