Cape Town – Proteas all-rounder, Dwaine Pretorius, hopes he can
establish himself as a ‘50/50’ all-rounder after his performance in the close
six-run loss to New Zealand in the second One-Day International (ODI) on
His contribution of 50 off 27 balls with the bat and 2/40 with the
ball, in only his sixth ODI for South Africa, suggests he has the potential to
fulfil both roles capably.
The 27-year-old boasts a first-class average of 42 along
with 127 wickets after 39 matches, and has already earned a man-of-the-match
performance with 3/19 against Sri Lanka in the third ODI this month.
“I would love to be seen as a 50/50 all-rounder,” Pretorius
said on Thursday. “I would like to contribute in both aspects of the game. I do
pride myself on my batting and on my bowling, I put in a lot of work in both
facets of the game. Hopefully people will start seeing me as a 50/50 player so
I can keep adding value to the team, that’s the most important thing for me.
“I take a lot of confidence,” he said of his performance.
“It was only my second opportunity to bat. It’s great to contribute to the
team, we all play for the country and we want to do well. For me to do well for
the country – I’ve worked my whole life to get to this stage – it’s awesome to
The Proteas continue to unearth a temperamental group of
hard-hitting all-rounders, all of whom have stepped up with match-winning
performances throughout the season. Pretorius believes the team environment and
culture has allowed the rookies to express themselves without self-doubt or
fear of letting the team down.
Although the valiant performances from Pretorius and Andile
Phehlukwayo (29 off 34 balls) were not enough to take the team across the line,
it will be a positive fall-back in future matches.
“I think we did a really good job at the end there, myself
and Andy (Phehlukwayo),” Pretorius said. “Getting that close and not getting
over the line is disappointing, but hopefully next time when we are in the same
position we can take the lessons from that match and make sure we get over the
“What I like about the setup since I have been involved is
that the team doesn’t rely heavily on one or two players, they rely on everyone
to contribute. That has been the key in the last 12 games that we have played
really well. The team contributes, it’s not just one or two players, that is