Prince tips Verreynne and Linde for more Protea honours

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Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince has praised the selection of duo Kyle Verreynne and George Linde into the Proteas T20 and ODI squad.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) last week confirmed a 24-man squad which will contest the three T20s and one-day internationals against England in November and December.

The entire series will be played in a bio-bubble in the Western Cape with no fans allowed inside the stadiums.

Verreynne made his international debut in February this year and impressed with scores of 48, 3 and 50 as the Proteas secured a 3-0 series whitewash against Australia.

Prince believes that there's space for Verreynne in the Proteas Test squad and thinks his performance in the 4-Day Franchise Series will see a possible Test debut in the future.

"I've been saying for a while that I think there is place for both Kyle Verreynne and Quinton de Kock in the Test match format of the game," Prince told the Newlands Cricket website.

Prince "strongly believes" that Verreynne - on stats and performances alone - can do a job in the Test team, whether he gets handed the wicketkeeping gloves or not.

"It's a little bit harsh just to consider Kyle as just a wicket keeper batsman. If you go on pure career stats, Kyle averages over 50 in career franchise 4 Day cricket, which puts him probably as one of the Top 6 batsmen in the country in terms of stats," said Prince.

"He can do a job in the Test team as well and that his consistency over the past three years should put him in contention for the Test squad later in the summer."

Professional cricket returned to South Africa on 2 November following the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cobras have lost one and drawn one of their opening 4-Day Franchise games with Verreynne contributing in both under trying conditions.

Verreynne has scored 247 runs in 4 innings at an average of 61.75 during the competition.

Meanwhile, Prince believes that all-rounder Linde has all the attributes to be a regular performer for the Proteas in white-ball cricket.

"Another person who has started very well for us this season is George Linde... He was last season's domestic MVP by putting in consistent performances in all competitions, so right now for me, considering South Africa's white ball options, with the T20 World Cup on the horizon, I think he is probably best placed for me as a second spinner who can clear the boundaries quite comfortably.

"His batting has come on leaps and bounds the last couple of years, he has scored centuries in the 4-day competition last season. We've utilised him at 3, 4 and 5 for the Cobras in 50 over cricket - he has been entrusted with a lot of responsibility with the bat. For me, he becomes a very strong candidate for the Proteas in white ball cricket."

The series against England starts  on Friday, 27 November with a T20 international at Newlands. 

Proteas squad:

Quinton de Kock (captain, Titans), Temba Bavuma (Lions), Junior Dala (Titans), Faf du Plessis (Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Titans), George Linde (Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Dolphins), Janneman Malan (Cape Cobras), David Miller (Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Titans), Lutho Sipamla (Lions), Jon-Jon Smuts (Warriors), Glenton Stuurman (Warriors), Pite van Biljon (Knights), Rassie van der Dussen (Lions), Kyle Verreynne (Cape Cobras).

SA vs England Schedule:

Friday, 27 November at 18:00 1st T20I South Africa v England, Newlands

Sunday, 29 November at 14:30: 2nd T20I South Africa v England, Boland Park

Tuesday, 01 December at 18:00: 3rd T20I South Africa v England, Newlands

Friday, 04 December at 13:00: 1st ODI South Africa v England, Newlands

Sunday, 06 December at 10:00: 2nd ODI South Africa v England, Boland Park

Wednesday, 09 December at 13:00: 3rd ODI South Africa v England, Newlands

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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