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20 Feb 2016
9:00 am

Save our bowlers

Lessons need to be learnt from Steyn and Philander injuries.

Kagiso Rabada of the Proteas during the 4th Momentum ODI Series match between South Africa and England at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on February 12, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

Just when you thought South African cricket had learnt their lesson in managing the workload of our fast bowlers, they let themselves down again.

Losing your premier fast bowler Dale Steyn and his lieutenant, Vernon Philander, to injuries for the most part of the summer was warning enough to look after our bowlers.

Yet this week it was announced bowling sensation Kagiso Rabada would be joining English country Kent for four weeks in June. Rabada will move to Kent after playing in South Africa’s triangular series with Australia and the West Indies.

He is eligible for six T20 matches, two first-class fixtures and a one-day match for the county side.

There’s no doubt Rabada should be exposed to different conditions around the world and many bowlers have benefitted from playing in England in the past.

It could also be an ad20vantage for South Africa, who are due to tour England next year at the Champions Trophy and then for four Tests.

He’s also not playing in the frenetic Indian Premier League so it’s good to keep fast bowlers match-fit.

The concern is that there is already so much cricket on the go.

Why risk our stars, especially when they are earmarked to lead the attack for years to come?

The selectors showed they saw the bigger picture when they rested Rabada at the start of the England one-day series.

They need to be consistent and protect our bowlers in future.