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Kyle Verreynne eyes Dutch series for permanent squad place for 2023 World Cup

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Kyle Verreynne. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)
Kyle Verreynne. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)
  • Kyle Verreynne wants to use the Netherlands series as a stepping stone to cementing a place in the Proteas squad.
  • With Quinton de Kock and Heinrich Klaasen not part of the Netherlands series, he has an opportunity to stake a claim.
  • The three-match series against the Netherlands starts on Friday at SuperSport Park in Centurion.

It is true that the Netherlands series stands as one that South Africa needs to win, but for individual players like Kyle Verreynne, there's also the carrot of entrenching a spot in the team.

That's what at stake for Western Province keeper-batter Verreynne, who is one of the younger players who's got everything to gain from this rubber.

The 24-year-old has eight ODIs under his belt, and with Heinrich Klaasen and Quinton de Kock not part of this ODI Super League engagement that starts with the first of three matches at SuperSport Park in Centurion, he has an opportunity to lay down a marker.

This is something he is acutely aware of and knows what he needs to do to command selectorial attention.

"If you make an impression in a series like this, the coaches and the selectors will automatically will look at you a bit harder," Verreynne said.

"With the eye on the 2023 World Cup, a series like this is an excellent platform to get some consistent game time and put a performance together. In doing so, you will be looked at based on what you're able to do in series like these because there are other series against bigger teams where the chance to play won't be so easy to come by.

"For me, this series is very important so I can show what I can do."

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One of the criticism of Verreynne's game, whether it has been tested thoroughly, regards his power hitting.

It was one of Klaasen's claims to fame, but his faltering against spin has undone that reputation steadily.

Verreynne's ability against spin hasn't been put through the thresher, nor will the Netherlands provide such an examination, however, Verreynne said he's put in some work in his power hitting during the off-season.

"Power hitting has been a bit of a debate with the coaches and staff in the past, but I don't think I've lacked in that department," Verreynne said.

"I think it's about having a few more options. I've always seen myself as someone who can score boundaries quite freely.

"But in making the step up to international cricket, it's also about realising that your boundary opportunities aren't as frequently available as compared to domestic cricket.

"I guess working on my power game has been more about working on areas where I generally don't score a lot.

"That's something I've been working on during the winter to ensure I have different go-to-areas."

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