Parnell on Proteas return: It’s been a crazy journey


All-rounder Wayne Parnell believes he can still make a meaningful contribution to the Proteas after earning an unexpected national recall.

The 32-year-old is set return to the Proteas’ ODI set up ahead of the series against the Netherlands, with two fixtures scheduled for SuperSport Park in Centurion

Parnell’s last appearance for the national team was against Pakistan in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England, and many felt his days with the Proteas were well and truly over after he took up a Kolpak deal in 2018.

However, Parnell has since returned to the domestic circuit with Western Province, and has suddenly found himself back in the mix with the Proteas.

“It’s been a crazy journey over the last couple of years. Did I think this day would come?” Parnell shrugged. “I certainly didn’t say ‘I’m coming back into the South African cricket and playing for the Proteas again’. I was quite happy coming back to Western Province and trying to add value to this environment and it led to bigger things like being called up again.

“I don’t have any expectations as I haven’t spoken to anyone besides (convenor of selectors) Victor Mpitsang in terms of where do I fit in. I’m wondering, am I just filling in a gap? Is there an opportunity for me going forward?

“I am still young enough and I’ve been playing good cricket, and I feel like I can still contribute at this level. We’ll see once I get back into that set-up.”

Parnell added that he had plenty of faith in his own abilities at this stage of his career, and explained why he took up the Kolpak deal.

“At the end of the day, there’ll always be people thinking ‘Why did they pick him? Why?’. Like I said, I’m comfortable with where my game is at. I’ve been picked to do a job and that conversation with Victor was similar,” he continued.

“The Kolpak deal was a family decision and once it came to an end, I was still fortunate enough to play county cricket this season again. I don’t think my cricket has evolved, I just think I’m more experienced. I’ve played in various set-ups around the world…”


Proteas ODI squad vs Netherlands

Keshav Maharaj (captain, Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Daryn Dupavillon (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Zubayr Hamza (Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras), Reeza Hendricks (Imperial Lions), Sisanda Magala (Imperial Lions), Janneman Malan (Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras), David Miller (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Lungi Ngidi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Dwaine Pretorius (North West Dragons), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Wayne Parnell (Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras), Ryan Rickelton (Imperial Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Momentum Multiply Titans), Kyle Verreynne (wicket-keeper, Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras), Lizaad Williams (Momentum Multiply Titans), Khaya Zondo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins).

Netherlands tour to South Africa schedule

Friday, 26 November at 10:00 SAST:
1st ODI (CWCSL) South Africa v Netherlands, SuperSport Park, Centurion
Sunday, 28 November at 10:00 SAST:
2nd ODI (CWCSL) South Africa v Netherlands, SuperSport Park, Centurion
Wednesday, 1 December at 10:00 SAST
3rd ODI (CWCSL) South Africa v Netherlands, Imperial Wanderers, Johannesburg



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