South Africa National Cricket Team white-ball captain Temba Bavuma has said that the 22-year-old left-arm pacer Marco Jansen is a big addition to the Proteas ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad.
The 22-year-old fast bowling all-rounder Marco Jansen has replaced injured Dwaine Pretorius in South Africa’s World Cup squad. The star 33-year-old fast bowling all-rounder Pretorius, who has been a key member of the Proteas setup, has been ruled out of the marquee tournament due to a fracture on his left thumb.
Bavuma admitted that Pretorius being ruled out of the marquee tournament is a big blow to the side. However, he was excited to see the performance of young Jansen in the multi-nation tournament.
“Yeah, Marco (Jansen) is obviously a big addition for us. He obviously comes in with an extra bit of pace. He’s a left-arm option as well that gives a bit more variety in our bowling attack. He comes at quite a steep length, as well. Excited to see Marco in the squad, he’s been champing at the bit looking for his opportunity, so I guess we’re excited to see how much value he can add within the team,” said Bavuma.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, which is the eighth edition of the multi-nation tournament, is scheduled to be played from October 16 to November 13 in Australia. South Africa National Cricket Team are placed in group 2 of the marquee tournament along with India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They will also be joined by two qualifying teams.
To be honest, I think the guys are in good spirits, I think it’s not all doom and gloom for us – Temba Bavuma
South Africa recently lost both ODI and T20I series on the India tour. However, Temba Bavuma said that the Proteas are still in good spirits. He further said that everything is not doom and gloom for them and they are excited to go out there and perform well in the World Cup.
“To be honest, I think the guys are in good spirits. We’ve obviously just come from India where we didn’t have the best of series, but I think there’s still a lot of confidence that we can take throughout our season and the performances that we’ve put together as a team.
“So, I mean, I think it’s not all doom and gloom for us. We’re excited. We’re looking forward to this tournament and how far we can go. Probably not a lot of expectation around us as a team again. So I guess for us we’ll be flying under the radar every day, doing the best that we can and preparing as well as we can for all the games and enjoy the journey, as well,” added Bavuma.