De Bruyn 'will play for SA'

Theunis de Bruyn. (Michael Sheehan, Gallo Images)
Theunis de Bruyn. (Michael Sheehan, Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Titans coach Rob Walter is convinced his young top order batsman Theunis de Bruyn will one day play for the Proteas.

“Can he play for the Proteas, is he good enough? There’s no doubt he is,” Walter said of the former South Africa under-19 player.

The 22-year-old lies third in the domestic one-day batting log, with 349 runs from his first five games after making his 50-over debut for the Titans at the start of the season.

“He’s been good. If you score 150 not out in a one-day game you must have something special. To score two hundreds and a sixty in five games meant he was really in a good space.”

De Bruyn still has time to improve on his statistics when the one-day competition resumes in late January, but the national selectors will already have made a note of his performances.

Walter, however, said the player was not yet ready for the call-up.

“For his sake I hope so, but for his development not,” said Walter on the prospect of De Bruyn being included in the Proteas side in the near future.

“He’s got some work to do and I don’t think it would be fair on him right now.

"I don’t think there is any doubt about his potential but it would be nice to see people allow him to progress properly and score tons of runs at franchise level and then make the progression to the national side.”

There were also a number of other young players already making their mark for the Titans according to Walter.

Fresh off his success as part of the World Cup winning under-19 side earlier this year, 20 year old Corbin Bosch has excelled at death bowling in the domestic T20 competition.

“Corbin has come in and executed his death plans as well as anyone in the country. It was awesome to see that and appreciate the skill set he has.”

Walter also mentioned the exploits of Tabraiz Shamsi, Heinrich Klaasen and Junior Dala and said the future of Titans cricket was definitely in capable hands.

“For us it’s about bringing these young guys in and seeing what they’re capable of doing.”

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