Two of KwaZulu-Natal’s stars of the future, Jerome Bossr and Eathan Bosch are currently in action in Sri Lanka representing the South Africa U19 side, an opportunity they are both highly grateful for.
As the first three-day Youth Test between the two nations kicked off on Thursday, the pair opened their international accounts eager to make the most of the sub-continental tour.
“It is a privilege to be part of the SA U19 side and a dream come true for me,” says Bossr. “Hopefully I can score runs for the team and contribute as much as I can to the squad in general.”
“It is truly a honor to be involved with the SA U19 team as it has given me the opportunity to work alongside coaches that aim to get the best out of me in order for me to help the team out as best I can during this tour,” adds Bosch.
Glenwood High School matric pupil, Bossr has made his way through KZN’s age groups having represented the province at two Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Weeks as well as the Dolphins Cubs outfit while Hilton College’s Bosch has followed a similar path through KZN Inland’s U15, U17 and U19 ranks.
While their national week experience stands them in good stead, the pair are ready for the heightened challenge that international age-group cricket presents as well as the uniquely testing Sri Lankan environment.
“This trip has been a whole new level of cricket for us as a team. We are learning every day, which is important, and we continue to work really hard in this professional environment that we are fortunate to be in,” explains Bossr.
“Pitch conditions here aren’t far off from those in areas in Durban however they obviously do turn more while it is a far warmer climate here than back home and very humid which, naturally, causes excessive sweating, something seam bowlers need to be careful of because we can often ruin the ball during a game,” adds Bosch.
The young duo are relishing the opportunity to ply their trade in foreign conditions while also enjoying meeting the Sri Lankan people and learning about the host nation.
“The tour has been a big eye opener already,” says Bossr. “It has been great to see how different the Sri Lankan culture is to ours and how polite their people are.”
“As a country, I have found Sri Lanka very different but also very interesting and I am looking forward to seeing different parts of the country as our tour goes on,” says Bosch.
The three-match Youth Test Series takes the SA U19 side to Colombo, Kurunegela and Kandy before the squad returns to the former for three Youth ODIs in mid-July. Both Bossr and Bosch are set to be involved in both formats.