Having made his Proteas debut back in 2009 already, all rounder Wayne Parnell finally looks like nailing down a permanent spot in the ODI team.
With South Africa’s first-choice all rounder Chris Morris currently sidelined because of a knee injury, Parnell has already made eight appearances in the 50-over game this year, compared to only three last year.
Consistency, or the lack thereof, has often been described as the reason behind Parnell not being one of the first names on the team sheet.
But the 27-year-old believes the more you play, the more consistent you’ll become .
He says: “The massive thing for me was game time. Any cricketer can tell you that you can practice, but can never replicate game time.
“Over the last 12 months [having played often domestically and at international level]… and gaining confidence from that. Sport is all about confidence.”
Parnell didn’t look like he had any shortage of confidence, bagging 3/40 as the Proteas beat Australia by 142 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
It was an improvement on his 1/56 in the first match last Friday. And again, knowing he would be given yet another chance, Parnell corrected the wrongs of Friday night in the very next game.
He explains: “We had a debriefing on Saturday and identified certain areas in which we need to get better. The stats will probably show we were better [on Sunday].”
While it was an improved bowling performance from the South Africans, Parnell also gave credit to the batsmen in their squad.
He says: “We had a brilliant individual performance from Quinton De Kock in the first game and in the second game the batters set it up nicely. [The bowlers] weren’t as good as we could’ve been in the first game.”
With the Proteas entering tomorrow’s game in Durban (1.30pm) with the hopes of clinching the series 3-0, Parnell admits it will be a different challenge.
He concludes: “Coming to the coast, it’s going to be a bit more tricky. The wickets are a little slower, but if we stick to our formula, we should be OK.”