CAPE TOWN. –  Wayne Parnell ticks all the right boxes to represent South Africa in all the formats after just one more domestic season for the Cape Cobras, said Justin Kemp, a former South African all-rounder. “I have been telling him countless times that he has got so much batting talent and that he is not using it enough. He has been selling himself short with the bat,” said Kemp.

“His knock at the (Bidvest) Wanderers (Stadium) was unbelievable in that Ram Slam T20 Challenge match for the Cape Cobras on Sunday

“Aaron Phangiso controlled the middle of the innings on so many occasions for the bizhub Highveld Lions, but he could not do it against Wayne, who was smashing it. And that is probably what won us the game,” said Kemp.

Parnell hammered 99 off 57 balls as opener. It was not the first time the left-hander had shown his mettle at the top of the order. He previously struck two centuries while opening the innings for the Warriors against the Lions in Potchefstroom in List A-games.

Kemp, who represented the Cape Cobras on Sunday and took 2-26 to help set up the Cobras-win which guided them to second position on the Ram Slam T20 Challenge log, played in his 100th game.

Probed about Parnell, he said there has been a lot of obsession about Parnell’s swing, or lack thereof, but the truth is that the left-arm swing bowler is hitting the right areas consistently and that he has straightened out his action much more.

“If he can add consistency to his batting and bowling there is no reason why he cannot represent South Africa in all the formats at number seven,” he said.

Kemp said he sometimes feels that Parnell is not utilizing his unbelievable batting talent enough, but on Sunday he showed again what he is capable of.

Parnell smashed 99 off 57 balls as opener and was particularly severe against the two South African spinners in the bizhub Highveld Lions, Phangiso and Eddie Leie.

Asked about the Cape Cobras and their chances of winning the title, Kemp said the squad discussed their batting and agreed that they can be a tad more adventurous in the first ten overs. “If we lose one wicket having a dash, why don’t we keep on going. We don’t want to wait until the last over to finish it. Rather finish it in the 17th over,” he said.

“We bat so deep. I  am sure we can take one or two more chances,” he added.

Kemp said the key to his own bowling is his control and he was chuffed about the way he performed in his two for 26. “I am very rusty, and I a am not there yet, but I will get better.

“Last season was the best I had batted in my career,” he said about his 374 runs at an average of 74.80 in the Sunfoil Series.

“I have much more control and my technique has improved. Once I hit a few in the middle, I will be ok,” he added.