Mthokozisi Shezi, a bowler at Cape Cobras and Rilee Rossouw, a batsman at Chevrolet Knights are in line to make their debuts for the Castle Lager Proteas in the third One-Day International (ODI) against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo today.
The pair will join the final XI consisting of Faf du Plessis (captain), Quinton de Kock, JP Duminy, David Miller, Ryan McLaren, Wayne Parnell, Kyle Abbott, Aaron Phangiso and Marchant de Lange.
“The thought that I could be making my debut for South Africa is exciting but also nerve-wracking,” Shezi said in Bulawayo yesterday.
“It’s not often that people get to live their dreams and playing for South Africa has been a dream of mine since I can remember.”
“Every level of cricket that I have played has prepared me for where I am today, and if I make my debut it will almost be that last piece of the puzzle. The important thing for me is to contribute towards a 3-0 series win for the Proteas.”
Rossouw and Shezi are products of Cricket South Africa’s youth and senior cricket pipeline.
Shezi represented South Africa (SA) U19 at the World Cup in Sri Lanka 2006, while Rossouw was part of the SA U19 squad that reached the final of the World Cup in 2008.
They both recently represented South Africa A on their tour of Australia earlier this month, and made telling performances with bat and ball.
“I haven’t even thought about the World Cup, I just want to do well on this tour,” Rossouw admitted.
“It doesn’t help that I’m thinking of the World Cup and I don’t do well when I’m selected to play here. I’m taking it one game at a time.”
“My dad always says that if you score enough runs they have to select you,” he said of his recent form. “I’m glad that I scored the runs in Australia and got a call-up to the squad, I’m happy and proud to be where I am.”