CRAFT: Exciting batsman Zubayr Hamza is waiting for a call from the Proteas. Photo: CHRIS RICCO/BACKPAGEPIX

Cape Cobras batsman Zubayr Hamza is chomping at the bit as he waits to get the green light for a Proteas debut in Friday’s final Test against Pakistan.

With skipper Faf du Plessis suspended for the Wanderers clash, the 23-year-old Cape man is expected to slot into the side as South Africa’s only reserve batsman for the series.

But the laaitie from Lansdowne is not getting ahead of himself just yet without an official word from the selectors after waiting for his chance in the previous two matches of the series.

The top-order batsman says: “I am not sure if I will be playing because it has not been announced but if given a chance I will grab the opportunity with both hands.

“I have enjoyed my time here so far. Training has been intense and I have felt comfortable in the team environment. There is a lot of excitement but I am nervous at the same time.”

The right-hander boasts a First-Class average of 49.29 batting in the Cobras top four.

He has stroked nine centuries and 23 fifties for his 3 648 runs.

But the former SACS and Rondebosch Boys High pupil doesn’t care where he bats if he is given the chance to pad up against Mickey Arthur’s manne.

The exciting youngster adds: “I prefer to bat anywhere in the top order.

“At times I am free flowing but at times I have the ability to craft.

“I am not always looking to be stylish I pride myself on innings where there is always a struggle.”

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