Lonwabo Tstotsobe not ruling out Proteas return

FILE PICTURE: Lonwabo Lennox Tsotsobe during Day 2 of the CSA and KFC Mini-Cricket Seminar at Fish River Sun Hotel on July 04, 2014 in Port Alfred, South Africa. (Photo by Richard Huggard/Gallo Images)

Ahead of a busy international season, former number one ranked One Day International (ODI) bowler Lonwabo Tstotsobe is not ruling out a return to the Proteas team.

Since Tstotsobe, 31, last played for South Africa in a T20 International in March last year Kagiso Rabada has risen to prominence in the shorter formats of the game. Rabada also has age on his side at just 20 years old, and a member of the victorious SA Under-19 World Cup winning team last year, his future appears far brighter.

Shortly after playing that last game for the Proteas the left-arm quick had ankle surgery. Though he was part of an initial 30-man squad for the Proteas extended World Cup squad, he did not make it onto the plane for the quadrennial showpiece earlier this year.“I’m always motivated to be back on the park, especially after an injury,” said Tsotsobe on Monday at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria.

Tstotsobe is part of the SA A squad which leaves next week to play a triangular limited overs series against India A and Australia A (two matches against each followed by a possible final) as well as two four-day unofficial Tests against India A. “It doesn’t mean because Kagiso is playing well I should be jealous of him. He’s a young boy and he’s done very well. It just means I have to put in that extra 10 to 20 percent to try and get back to the side.

“It’s a short-term dream that you want to be part of the Proteas side. At the same time you don’t want to look too far ahead. Basically for me it’s about taking it one game at a time.” Tsotsobe as one of the more experience members of the SA A side heading on their tour of India, said it would be good to play in the country where the Proteas will also be touring at the end of September for a 72-day tour.

“I’ve done pretty well in India in the past couple of years that I went with South Africa in the T20s and One Dayers.

“I don’t think as a team or individual we should go to India thinking the wickets will be flat. It might be hot, but it’s your attitude that will determine how you succeed. Going there with a positive mindset will bring good results for the team, and for an individual.

“Your skills should be very sharp, that’s one thing you’ll need for India. The pitch is not (fast) bowler friendly, so that’s where you’ll test your skills. We’ve got a good bowling coach in Vinnie (Vincent Barnes), when I was working with him I was number one in the world for a couple of seasons. You’ve also got some young fast bowlers here as well.”

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