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World Sports Betting Cape Cobras all-rounder ,George Linde,  has been called-up for the Standard Bank Proteas’ T20 series against India starting later this month. The 27-year-old all-rounder replaces Jon-Jon Smuts who has been withdrawn from the tour after failing to meet the team’s fitness standards.

 

Linde is currently in India with the South Africa A team and will join the Proteas upon their arrival.

 

South Africa depart for India on Friday and will play a three-match T20 series followed by a three-match Test series across six venues starting from 15 September 2019.

 

 

Standard Bank T20I squad: Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans, capt), Rassie van der Dussen (Imperial Lions, vice-capt), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions), Junior Dala (Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (Imperial Lions), Beuran Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (Imperial Lions), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans),George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras).

 

 

Standard Bank Test squad: Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (Imperial Lions, vice-capt), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), Dean Elgar (Multiply Titans), Zubayr Hamza (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Keshav Maharaj (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans), Senuran Muthusamy (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Multiply Titans), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Vernon Philander (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Kagiso Rabada (Imperial Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans).

 

 

 

An excellent all-round display by George Linde was not enough as South Africa A slipped to a two-wicket defeat to their India counterparts in a rain-reduced game two of their five-match one-day series in Trivandrum on Saturday.

 

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras man first thrashed an unbeaten 52 off 25 balls (1 four, 5 sixes) to help the tourists post 162 for five in their 21 overs.

 

Linde then bagged one for 21 in three overs, but it was not enough as the hosts got home with one over and two wickets to spare – Ishan Kishan thumping 55 off 24 balls (5 fours, 4 sixes) to wrap up the win.

 

It was a result that put the Asian side 2-0 up after they won the opening game at the same Greenfield International Stadium by 69 runs on Thursday.

 

Match two was essentially a Twenty20, although the 163-run target always looked achievable for the Indians. In fact, the total would have been far less had it not been for Linde’s heroics after South Africa slipped to 15 for two and then 75 for four by the 13th over, having lost the toss and been put into bat first.

 

Janneman Malan was run out for six, while game one centurion Reeza Hendricks managed just six. Captain Temba Bavuma’s 40 and 24 from Khaya Zondo helped the away side rebuild, but they still had plenty to do to get up to a competitive total once the latter pair fell.

 

That is when Heinrich Klaasen (31) and Linde came together, sharing in a 52-run fifth-wicket stand, followed by Linde’s explosion at the end that lifted the SA A to above 160.

 

The South Africans got the early wicket they needed when Ruturaj Gaikwad (1) was dismissed by Beuran Hendricks (1/20), but a flowing second-wicket 49-run stand between Anmolpreet Singh (30) and Shubman Gill (21) kept India A in control.

 

After both fell to Bjorn Fortuin (1/27) and Linde, Manish Pandey (13) helped Kishan take the score to 115 in the 14th over – in a stand worth 58 for the fourth wicket.

 

And, despite a flurry of late wickets, including two for 25 from Junior Dala, Krunal Pandya (23 not out) held his nerve to see his side over the line with six deliveries to spare.

 

Match three takes place at the same venue on Monday.

 

Cricket South Africa have announced the squad plus the coaches and technical staff who will be travelling to India for the spin bowling camp at Bangaluru from August 17 to 23. It includes members of both the South Africa A and Standard Bank Proteas squads ahead of their respective tours to India.

 “We have identified Aiden Markram, Zubayr Hamza and Temba Bavuma as key Proteas batsmen to benefit from this project and we have also included some of our potential stars of the future such as Janneman Malan and Sinethemba Qeshile, who have already both played for the Proteas, as well as Matthew Breetzke,” commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.

 “The batting group is completed by two of our most consistent runs scorers in franchise cricket in Pieter Malan and Edward Moore.

 “The bowling group is headed by the experience of Dane Piedt and includes highly promising talents, among them being Bjorn Fortuin, Tsepo Ndwandwa and Senuran Muthusamy.

 “It is a fact that most international cricket is played on the sub-continent these days and we have to look ahead not only to the tours on the immediate horizon but the next edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India in 2023,” concluded Mr. Moroe.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince will travel as the batting consultant whilst Western Province coach Paul Adams will travel as the Spin Consultant.

Cricket South Africa have named Aiden Markram as captain of the four-day squad and Temba Bavuma as captain of the one-day squad for the South Africa A tour to India in August and September.

The tour consists of five one-day matches to be followed by two four-day matches against India A.

Newcomers at this level are the Warriors duo of opening batsmen, Eddie Moore and Matthew Breetzke, as well as the spin bowling all-rounder pair of George Linde of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras and Bjorn Fortuin of the bizhub Highveld Lions.

In addition, World Sports Betting Cape Cobras opening batsman Janneman Malan, Warriors wicketkeeper-batsman Sinethemba Qeshile and Warriors fast bowler Lutho Sipamla have already represented the Standard Bank Proteas at T20 International level.

“This is one of the most important South Africa A tours we have planned for some time,” commented CSA National Selection Panel (NSP) convener Linda Zondi “as it will focus on several important strategic areas.

“One of these is to broaden our leadership group and we see both Aiden and Temba playing an important role in this regard. We will be looking at other candidates during the course of the new season.

“Another is the opportunity to give some of our senior batsmen the chance to climatize for the Proteas Test match tour to India in October; and a third is to give opportunity to younger players who have earned their chance through outstandingperformance at domestic level,” concluded Mr. Zondi.

SA A four-day squad: Aiden Markram (Multiply Titans, capt), Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Zubayr Hamza (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Beuran Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Pieter Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Eddie Moore (Warriors), Wiaan Mulder (bizhub Highveld Lions), Senuran Muthusamy (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Dane Piedt (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Rudi Second (Warriors), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors), Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins)

SA A one-day squad: Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions, capt), Matthew Breetzke (Warriors), Gihahn Cloete (Warriors), Junior Dala (Multiply Titans), Theunis de Bruyn (Multiply Titans), Bjorn Fortuin (bizhub Highveld Lions), Beuran Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Reeza Hendricks (bizhub Highveld Lions), Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans), George Linde (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Janneman Malan (World Sports Betting Cape Cobras), Wiaan Mulder (bizhub Highveld Lions), Anrich Nortje (Warriors), Sinethemba Qeshile (Warriors), Lutho Sipamla (Warriors).

Tour itinerary

S A A Series  
Date Activity Venue
Saturday, August 24. 2019 SA A arrives in India Trivandrum
Sunday, August 25, 2019 Recovery  
Monday, August 26, 2019 Practice  
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 Practice  
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Practice  
Thursday, August 29, 2019 1st One Day Trivandrum
Friday, August 30, 2019 Practice  
Saturday, August 31, 2019 2nd One Day Trivandrum
Sunday, September 1, 2019 Practice  
Monday, September 2, 2019 3rd One Day Trivandrum
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 Practice  
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 4th One Day Trivandrum
Thursday, September 5, 2019 Practice  
Friday, September 6, 2019 5th One Day Trivandrum
Saturday, September 7, 2019 Travel by Air WAYNAD
Sunday, September 8, 2019 Practice  
Monday, September 9, 2019 Practice  
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1st Test WAYNAD
Wednesday, September 11, 2019  
Thursday, September 12, 2019  
Friday, September 13, 2019  
Saturday, September 14, 2019 Travel by Road Mysore
Sunday, September 15, 2019 Practice  
Monday, September 16, 2019 Practice  
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 2nd Test  
Wednesday, September 18, 2019  
Thursday, September 19, 2019  
Friday, September 20, 2019  
Saturday, September 21, 2019 Travel to Bengaluru SA A depart

 

The magnificent death-over bowling of Dane Paterson was not the only positive factor of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras’ inspirational 5-run win against the bizhub Highveld Lions on Sunday. The leadership and bowling of Rory Kleinveldt and the partnership of Vernon Philander and Aviwe Mgijima were two other outstanding features of the thrilling victory, said Faiek Davids, assistant coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

Davids said, “We are more relaxed in terms of our preparation and more focused on being match ready for the next three games in the space of six days.

“We want to play with smiles on our faces, operate with freedom, creativeness and express our skills. Hashim Amla is in the team with a point to prove as far as World Cup selection is concerned. We want the other batsmen to increase their strike-rate while they bat around Hash and Kyle Verreynne,” Davids said.

Asked how Paterson was transformed from his disappointing Momentum One Day campaign to his match-winning performance on Sunday, Davids said, “It all comes down to execution of his skills and also conviction. The team management have given him the responsibility to set his own fields. He can only grow in confidence after Sunday’s performance.”

Kleinveldt impressed with his body language and the calmness with which he executed his skills as bowler and captain.

The conditions were conducive to bowling on Sunday because the ball did not really come onto the bat. “We posted a defendable total and we believed that we could defend it,” Davids added.

Asked about the match against the Multiply Titans on Wednesday, Davids said: “Our confidence is there because we beat a strong Lions team. The Titans also field a very good white-ball team. We have nothing to lose and we are going to play with confidence and freedom.

“We have a need to execute,” he added.

Davids hinted that there was still a need to improve, as their clash against the Highveld Lions was only a 7-out-of-10 performance and one or two catches were grassed, while the highest score with the blade was 31.

“We have got the power at the back to launch in George Linde, Vernon, Rory and Paterson,” said Davids.

The Cobras play three games in the next five days, against the Multiply Titans tomorrow, against the Warriors at Eurolux Boland Park on Friday and against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at PPC Newlands on Sunday.

The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: Rory Kleinveldt (capt), Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, David Bedingham, George Linde, Hashim Amla, Janneman Malan, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Simon Khomari, Tladi Bokako, Vernon Philander

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach Ashwell Prince is upbeat about the return of international players Hashim Amla and skipper JP Duminy for the hosts’ next Momentum One Day Cup clash against the Multiply Titans at PPC Newlands on Friday.

Asked about Amla, Prince said he did not closely observe his technique in the tests, but he had scored a One-Day International not so long ago and is looking forward to having a player of Amla’s experience at the top of the order.

“I am excited about Amla batting at the top of the order and JP in the middle, and the fact that they are batting around our younger batsmen, will add a lot for them,” he said.

Prince stated earlier in the week that he backed all-rounder George Linde and the wicketkeeper/batsman Kyle Verreynne for selection for the Cricket World Cup and when asked about this endorsement from his coach, Verreynne said, “a few months ago I wasn’t even sure I would play one-dayers for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras. I want to focus on the Cobras and stay level-headed before I can dream of wearing the Proteas jersey.

“It is a nice feeling that the coach backs me, but I need to stay focused and perform more consistently to be rewarded to play for the Proteas,” Linde said.

Looking ahead to Friday’s clash against the Multiply Titans, Prince acknowledged that the Momentum One Day Cup is a tight competition, but that every team is beatable.

“I will prepare for them the same way we always do, by studying their strengths and weaknesses and see if we can pick some holes in them.”

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad: JP Duminy (Captain), Hashim Amla, David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Pieter Malan, Aviwe Mgijima, Akhona Mnyaka, Dane Paterson, Dane Piedt, Kyle Verreynne.

The two four-day matches he played before the Momentum One Day Cup and an improved bowling action are part of the reason why George Linde’s name is almost the first to be dotted down on coach Ashwell Prince’s team sheet.

 Linde has scored 164 runs in the opening 4 matches of the tournament and he has captured 6 wickets at an impressive average of 24.50, at an economy rate of just 3.97, with best figures of 3-39 against the Bizhub Highveld Lions this past Sunday in Oudtshoorn.

 But the all-rounder preferred the 2-23 that he captured against the VKB Knights.

 The World Sports Betting Cape Cobras have won two out of four games so far and although the bowlers have at times been under pressure, Linde has given the bowling unit credit for their perfomances. He said the VKB Knights were on their way to 350 at one stage, but the Cobras bowlers kept plugging away and pushed the run-rate down. Ultimately the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras won that match, after a fine century from Kyle Verreynne.

 Linde says his improved action allows him to regulate his own pace and he also communicates with fellow spinner Dane Piedt, about the wicket.

 “In order for you to be successful, you have to read the batsman and the wicket well,” said Linde.

 “My consistency has now improved and I can now frustrate batsmen who cannot pierce the field and then I force them into fatal errors,” he said.

 He has done this so excellently that the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras coach, Ashwell Prince, has called him a future Proteas player.

 One of the reasons for this high praise is that Linde is an underrated batsman higher up the order, where he smashed 57 off 55 balls in the match against the Lions, coming in at number 4, which propelled the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras to 298 for five. He received great support from the rest of the top-order, especially from Zubayr Hamza.

 Linde is upbeat about the game on Friday against the Multiply Titans. “It’s one of the matches every season that we relish – to play against the Titans. If we win this game, we will have momentum on our side,” he concluded.

 

 

George Linde continued to impress for the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras after a fine all-round showing that guided them to a comfortable 21-run Momentum One-Day Cup win over the Bizhub Highveld Lions in Oudtshoorn on Sunday.

The slow left-armer was promoted to bat at No. 4 at the Recreation Ground and struck an excellent 57 off 55 balls (5 fours, 1 six), before grabbing three for 39 in 10 excellent overs as 298 for five played 277 all out.

Dwaine Pretorius launched a valiant late bid to chase down the target for the visitors with 75 off 42 balls but was dismissed with 12 balls remaining and 35 runs still required.

For the hosts, Zubayr Hamza also impressed by top-scoring with an unbeaten 88 (97 balls, 6 fours), helping them make it two wins from four so far this campaign.

In fact, the Cobras were strong with the bat all-round after winning the toss and batting. The Malan brothers, Janneman and Pieter, struck 44 and 46 respectively in an 82-run opening stand, and after both had fallen by the time 112 were on the board, Linde and Hamza added 85 for the third wicket.

Jason Smith then added the finishing touches with 35 not out off 27 balls that allowed the home side to set 299. Nono Pongolo ended as the pick of the travelling bowlers with two for 34.

The Lions lost Ryan Rickelton (6) with only 11 on the board and were left chasing the game from there onwards.

There were starts for Reeza Hendricks (37), Kagiso Rapulana (46), Rassie van der Dussen (37) and Nicky van den Bergh (23), but all three were out – three to Linde’s spin – with more than 100 still needed.

And, when Bjorn Fortuin was run-out for one, it looked like the end was near.

But the Pretorius assault raised hope, until he became one of three wickets that were taken by Dane Paterson (3/58).

In the end it was not enough, though, with the Lions all out in 49.4 overs and left winless after four games of the campaign.

Andile Phehlukwayo again starred with bat and ball as the Hollywoodbets Dolphins made it three Momentum One-Day Cup wins from three with a 22-run win over the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras in Paarl on Friday night.

The Standard Bank Proteas all-rounder first struck a run-a-ball 67 off 66 balls (6 fours, 2 sixes) that helped the unbeaten visitors amass 276 for seven, before claiming four wickets for 56, including the key one of George Linde, as the hosts were dismissed for 254 in 49 overs at Eurolux Boland Park.

It capped another stellar performance for Phehlukwayo, who in the previous game made 69 in a solid win over the Multiply Titans.

The joint defending champions Dolphins have now won three out of three matches, while the Cobras lost for the second time in three outings.

They will be ruing what may have been though after showing plenty of potential through the game. The local side won the toss and opted to field first, with their bowlers responding well early on to send the visitors tumbling to 71 for four.

Vaughn van Jaarsveld (5), Dane Vilas (5) and David Miller (7) all failed at the top, with only Morne van Wyk (36) making any significant early contribution.

It then took a 103-run fifth wicket stand between top scorer Khaya Zondo, who made 93 off 115 balls (2 fours, 2 sixes), and Phehlukwayo to kickstart the Dolphins, as they managed to set a competitive 277.

Dane Paterson was the pick of the bowlers with three for 40, while Linde bagged two for 50.

The home side started the chase well enough by reaching 60 for one, before three quick strikes left them on 88 for four.

Kyle Verreynne initially gave them hope with his 52 (63 balls, 2 fours), but was removed by the outstanding Imran Tahir (2/34).

At that stage on 192 for six, the Cobras looked beaten, but Linde smashed 63 off 48 balls (4 fours, 1 six) and shared a partnership of 61 with Dane Piedt (27), giving their side hope.

However, the return of Phehlukwayo at the death saw him remove the key man and with it the hopes of the hosts as the last four wickets fell for a single run.

“If Kyle Verreynne continues to be prolific like in the first two Momentum One Day Cup games, he should be in line to be Quinton de Kock’s understudy at the Cricket World Cup,” said Ashwell Prince, coach of the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras.

He was speaking on Thursday before the weekend games against the Hollywoodbets Dolphins at Eurolux Boland Park in Paarl on Friday and the clash with the bizhub Highveld Lions at the Recreation Oval in Oudtshoorn on Sunday.

Asked about the keys to success, Prince said there are no easy games in the competition and the Dolphins have a particularly strong batting line up. “It is about handling the critical moments well and about staying composed during those times.

“I thought George Linde bowled better in his 1-23 than in the match against the Warriors last season where he captured a career-best 6-47. If he continue to bowl like that, he has every chance to represent the Proteas one day and I told him so after the game against the VKB Knights.”

Talking about the Proteas, Prince said that if De Kock gets injured on the morning of the first match at the Cricket World Cup, it would be too late to fly out a substitute. If Verreynne continues to bat the way he did the first two games of the Momentum One Day Cup, he will be throwing his hat into the national ring.

“Some people talk about his small stature, but his strike-rate is above 100 and that says a lot,” Prince said.

Prince said he was not unduly worried about the 15 for three that the Knights inflicted upon the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras because usually the Malan brothers, Janneman and Pieter, produce the goods.

Zubayr Hamza, who was part of the South African test squad, has been added to the World Sports Betting Cape Cobras squad and is available for selection for both games.

World Sports Betting Cape Cobras Squad: Dane Piedt (Captain), Pieter Malan (Vice-Captain), David Bedingham, Tladi Bokako, Zubayr Hamza, Rory Kleinveldt, George Linde, Janneman Malan, Akhona Mnyaka, Aviwe Mgijima, Dane Paterson, Jason Smith, Kyle Verreynne