Pretorius aiming to establish himself as an all-rounder

“I do pride myself on my batting and on my bowling”

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Dwaine Pretorius is one of the newest members of South Africa’s ODI squad, but he is already making a name for himself with the bat and ball.

In fact, after just six games, he has scored 65 runs at an average of 32.50 and taken nine wickets at an average of 23.11.

Pretorius has already made his presence felt in the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand as in the second match on Wednesday, he claimed two wickets and followed that up with a superb 27-ball 5o, which nearly got the Proteas over the line.

Having made a strong start to his ODI career, the 27-year-old made it clear that his main goal is to keep scoring runs and picking up wickets so that he can establish himself as a legitimate all-rounder.

“I would love to be seen as a 50/50 all-rounder,” he said. “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. 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 contribute.”

Following his fantastic performance in Christchurch on Wednesday, it is likely that the Randfontein native will be in the playing XI for the third ODI in Wellington on Saturday.

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