Cape Cobras spin bowler GF Linde has what it takes to play for the Proteas according to Robin Peterson.
With the Cobras playing the Lions in the Sunfoil Series at Boland Park today, ex-Protea Peterson believes Linde is one to watch.
Linde, however, is playing second fiddle to captain Dane Piedt in the four-day competition, but Peterson is convinced that given the opportunity, the 26-year-old can shine.
Peterson explains: “I think the consistency of his lengths has improved the past few years.
“The ultimate challenge is to win Sunfoil Series matches consistently as a spinner and then move up from there.”
Linde himself is also happy with his improvement since attending a spinning camp in India last year.
Linde, who could play as a second spinner today, explains: “The Indian mentor worked very hard on helping me to stay engaged in the mental game and on how to win the mental battle.
“I think my control and consistency improved markedly.
“Last week I spent some time with [Proteas spin coach] Claude Henderson and he also assisted me with the mental game and on the right approach.
“He encouraged me to read the batsmen, to change the pace of my delivery all the time and to produce variety.”
He adds: “One of the things I visualise is to receive my first cap from somebody before a Test playing for South Africa.
“I dream about it, but first I have to make an impact in the Sunfoil Series. The task is simple. If the conditions warrant it, I will be given an opportunity to play as second spinner.”