Ahead of the busy South Africa season, the selectors had to deal with a strike. Searching a replacement for Kyle Abbott became a hasty business. Per Ashwell Prince, Wayne Parnell should be brought in to the team. Prince was a national selector and is the interim coach of the Cobras. There are several reasons why Parnell should be in consideration. The player was injured most of the times, but had an excellent record of both batting and bowling. In seven years, Parnell had Test appearances only for four times. Currently, playing with Cobras, Parnell had been delivering a strong strike with the ball as well as the bat with the team. Recently, he smashed a hundred and had six wickets against Lions in a domestic test tournament.
Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Kolpak are unfit to play presently. With Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada, Parnell could produce a strong mix up of bowling attacks. Ashwell Prince pointed out that the bowler, being a left hander, would be a strong support for the current formation. Philander is a seamer and Rabada is a fast bowler. Adding Parnell, the team will have a striking force. Injuries were the major reason of the bowlers fading bowling performance. After the 2010 season, he lost some of his seam movement due to the injury in IPL. In the next season, Philander had to replace him.
He was back in 2014 playing against Australia. However, he had a strain again after bowling only eight overs. In the short stint, he had two wickets. It was his last test assignment and was replaced by Abbott since then. Even in domestic matches, his injuries continued with three major ones in 2015 and 2016. In first class tournament, he played only half of the season but took 23 wickets and scored 337 runs at an average of 48.14. Per Prince, there has been notable changes in the delivery point. The player was also working with Charl Langeveldt, the national bowling coach, working on stability and control. The former selector said his rhythm has improved and he did a lot on his wrist and release point.
The 27 years old bowler is supposed to be a lot more consistent than before. It was also said that he changed the attitude towards the game a lot. Prince believes that there is a lot more maturity in him. Per the interim coach, the player is ready. The selectors are also leaning towards Duanne Olivier, but there is a possibility that both might be selected.
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