Sunfoil Dolphins captain Morné van Wyk is relishing a return to the international stage after being recalled to the South African T20 and ODI squads ahead of the upcoming home series against New Zealand.
The two-match KFC T20 International series between the Oxigen Proteas and the Kiwis gets the South African cricketing summer underway on Friday, 14 August, at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban, fittingly for Van Wyk should he be selected.
“Being a part of the Protea setup never loses its shine or uniqueness and I’m just so chuffed to be back in the mix,” said Van Wyk.
“I will stay ready for the T20 series and if I do get a go then that would be amazing otherwise I look forward to hopefully getting a go in the ODIs,” he added.
The wicket-keeper/opening batsman’s last appearance for the national outfit came in January 2015 when he scored an impressive 114 not out, a maiden international T20 century that powered his side to a 69-run victory over West Indies, also at Kingsmead.
“January was a very special time for me and carries some of the best memories of my career.
“To get another opportunity to walk out in front of a home crowd with a great group of guys and friends will be incredible.
“It is a big summer coming up and I’ve never had the fortune of playing in two consecutive series. if I can put in the performances on the field that allow for that to happen going forward then that would be amazing,” said Van Wyk.
Van Wyk, who replaces Quinton de Kock in the national mix, then hopes to get another opportunity to pull on the Castle Lager Proteas’ green and gold in front of his home crowd in Durban when the third and final match of the Momentum ODI series takes place on Wednesday, 26 August.
“Kingsmead is a wonderful ground to play and is one of the best crowds in the country to play in front of.
“It is a great time of the year right now and the cricket should be amazing as number two and number three go head to head so we look forward to Durban’s fans turning up in their numbers for both the T20 and the ODI!” urged the Sunfoil Dolphins captain.
The squad is the first that the new national selection committee, that contains KZN locals Linda Zondi (Convenor of Selectors) and Errol Stewart, has announced since taking over from their Andrew Hudson-led predecessors.
“Morné van Wyk adds experience to our squads and he will also strengthen our leadership core, having been a successful franchise captain for many years now,” commented Zondi.
“Quinton de Kock remains an outstanding talent but we feel that the South Africa A tour of India presents the best opportunity at this stage of his career for him to rediscover his form,” he added.
Van Wyk joins fellow Sunfoil Dolphins team mates David Miller and Kyle Abbott for both the T20 and ODI series while leg-spinning sensation Imran Tahir will join the Dolphins trio for the ODI duels.
Tickets are on sale now and are selling fast so be sure to buy yours at www.ticketpro.co.za or at the ticket office at Sahara Kingsmead which is open Monday – Thursday from 09h00-15h00 and Friday from 08h00-11h30.