Speedster Marchant de Lange to bolster South Africa bowling attack
Updated - Nov 20, 2015 12:56 pm
Unlimited Titans fast bowler, Marchant de Lange, has been called up to add depth to the South Africa bowling attack for the remaining last two Test matches against India. Dale Steyn is still suffering from the groin injury and is making a steady recovery. However, he still remains doubtful for the upcoming third Test match starting from November 25th at Nagpur.
“At the moment we only have three fit seamers in Morne Morkel, Kagiso Rabada and Kyle Abbott, so with Dale still struggling with a groin injury we decided to bring Marchant in as cover so we are prepared in case one of the three breaks down. Marchant’s biggest strength is pace, if the ball does start to reverse-swing his pace through the air brings him into the contest. Even though his performances back home have been a bit inconsistent, we do know that as an impact player he is a guy that can turn the game with a good spell. Guys that can bowl at 150 km per hour will always be good value.” Proteas coach, Russell Domingo clarified.
The Proteas have little time left to access and organize things. Coach Domingo is confident about a comeback by South African side. But, he asserts that they will need a significant improvement in all departments to continue winning at this venue.
“We’ve done it before, we know that we are still in the contest with two matches to play, the wickets are definitely going to produce results. We are 1-0 down so we have every chance of turning it around in Nagpur. We are aware that we have to play better cricket with both bat and ball, but we are hopeful that we can rectify that. We have a lot of inexperienced players who haven’t played in India before so hopefully they will have learnt a lot of lessons from these first two matches.
“I wasn’t there on that tour, but I remember South Africa being 6/2 and Kallis getting 160 and Amla getting 250 to give the team a comfortable win in the backend,” he said. “The side, in general, has good memories from the particular venue. We are going to have to play well, India are playing good cricket at the moment.”
A former Javelin thrower, Marchant de Lange is new to the Test format having played only two Test matches so far for South Africa.